By Father Dennis Meinen
View from the Scooter
What do we do when the well runs dry? Remember the Gospel where two people had real cause to worry? We heard of the woman who suffered from a hemorrhage for 12 years and the father of a little girl who was critically ill. But Jesus’ response to both is a message to us too about how we should handle the crises that come into our lives. “Fear is useless. What is needed is trust.” In other words, worry has no place at all in the life of a follower of our Lord.
Easier said than done.
We all like to worry. We worry about staying healthy. The farmers worry about weather and prices. And we especially worry about our own death.
Look to the Gospels for enlightenment. The Gospel begins with the plea of an official to heal his daughter who was at home seriously ill, but as Jesus goes on his way, he is interrupted by someone else. Everyone feels sympathy for the woman because she had been treated for so long by so many doctors. How many here today can identify with the woman and her experiences? One doctor after another and still no cure! Then, remember the second line from Mark: “She has spent all her money but instead of getting better, she got worse.” Is that our story?
What happens next could very well frustrate someone who has a similar experience. Jesus doesn’t do or say anything. The woman is cured by just touching his cloak. Jesus’ statement to the woman is meant to educate us about healing as well as the many other things we worry about in life.
“Who touched my garment?” Jesus asks. Jesus creates a scene, but I think only to make sure that the woman would make a public act of faith.
Why is she cured? Because she touched the cloak which touched his sacred body? Jesus tells us why as he says, “Your faith has made you well. Be healed from your trouble.”
When the woman is healed, Jesus continues his journey to the little girl. Again, there is dialogue because there is need for a public expression of faith.
When Jesus arrives, he is met with the statement that the girl has died. In other words, “There is no need for you now.” But Jesus sees things differently. He tells them, “There is need now for faith. Only believe.” In other words, “Don’t worry anymore!”
Then, Mark presents us with the whole point of the two healing miracles. Jesus is the one with divine power to heal us and give life in spite of the greatest obstacles, even worry. What is needed, though, is our cooperation and that is where faith comes in. Because faith is complete when it believes in Jesus’ power over death and the devil himself, the destroyer of human life. But when one is limited by worry or fear, then little is possible.
A writer once wrote, “Worry is like a rocking chair; it keeps you busy, but gets you nowhere.” Everyone worries at times. But isn’t it true that we often worry most when it does the least good?
Let us then strive to be people who enjoy good health – good spiritual health because of our faith in Jesus.
Father Dennis Meinen serves as chaplain at Holy Spirit Retirement Home, Sioux City, for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in the diocese and Calix and Faithful Friar of the Garrigan 4th Degree Assembly of the Knights of Columbus, Sioux City.