(Commentary on Mk 5:21-43)
What exactly does it mean to “not fear, only believe”? Loss is an inevitable part of life. No matter how much one believes, jobs will be lost, people will break our hearts, disease will limit our lives, and death will steal away those we love. How then does one “not fear, only believe”?
Our confidence rests in the certainty that God will use our suffering to prepare something magnificent for us. Perhaps we will realize the fruits of our suffering through those friends who always stand true; perhaps through a depth of gratitude or compassion that before escaped us; perhaps through a maturation of character that fortifies us when other turbulent times arise.
Perhaps through new opportunities that before would have eluded us; perhaps through the awakening that God’s presence is not some theological construct but a living, interactive love that accompanies every breath we take. And when those we love can no longer share their voice and when our own souls are released from this earth, we will look past the fear and believe that the Light of amazing Love will be the answer to all our unanswered questions.
– Kathleen M. Sullivan, Notre Dame University
Posted on http://pray.nd.edu/ on Feb 1, 2011.