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Sunday 13th (B) in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mk 5,21-43): Jesus (…) was still on the shore. Jairus, an official of the synagogue, came up and seeing Jesus, threw himself at his feet and asked him earnestly, «My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her so that she may get well and live» (...). While Jesus was still speaking, some people arrived from the official's house to inform him, «Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Master any further?». But Jesus ignored what they said and told the official, «Do not fear, just believe» (...)

The act of faith

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, Jairus entrusts Jesus beyond what he could humanly expect. In him we contemplate the itinerary of the Act of Faith. First, faith is God's gift and the action of grace which acts and transforms the person deep within. The knowledge of the mysteries that we believe in is not enough if afterward our heart – a person’s true tabernacle - is not open by grace.

Second, faith implies a task and a public testimony and commitment (it is not something simply private). Faith is choosing to stand with the Lord so as to live with him, and precisely because it is a free act, also demands social responsibility for what one believes.

—The knowledge of faith introduces us into the entire salvific mystery revealed by God. There is not a "faith a la carte" (I accept only what I like); the given assent implies that, when we believe, we freely accept the whole mystery of faith, If I truly trust in God, then I accept whatever may come from Him.

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