Reflection: Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Chinese Mass:Every Sunday 2:15 p.m.

Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Assumption Priory, Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green E2 9PB (map)

After Mass you are welcome to join the community for a tea gathering

Bible study/sharing every Saturday (2:00-4:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX (near See Woo Chinese Supermarket, Leicester Square tube station)

Talk and discussion meeting First Monday of every month (4:00-6:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church


[1st Reading – Lev.13:1-2, 44-46; Ps.31; 2nd Reading – 1Cor.10:31-11:1; Gospel – Mk.1:40-45]


Who knows how many times in our life we doubted God’s might. Who knows how many times we said the same thing, maybe not the same words, to God… “if you want to… You can…” And God on his side, He always answered to us in the same words “Of course I want to…” If God’s answer is always clear, truthful and sure, our words are not so.  Furthermore they are conditioned by two things: our doubt and the fact that we are not always ready to hear the answer.

Doubt: It is hard to admit, but quite often we are overwhelmed with doubt. We doubt everything. We ask God for something, but at the same time we “doubt” if He can really do it… Not that we doubt His possibility to do it… We know He can because He can do everything… But we are afraid and we doubt His possibility to do it for us.  In other words, we do not really believe what we say we believe… And this puts us in an awkward position, not only with God, but also with ourselves: if we do not really believe why are we asking God for it?!

Not always ready to hear the answer: We are so miserable that we are intent in asking what we need and at the same time we are not ready to listen to what He wants to say. We are always thinking of what to ask and how to ask it… Forgetting that we have to give an ear to what He is on His part trying to say… Thus, since we are not paying any attention to Him, we think that He is not answering our plea and our prayer. We feel that we are just speaking empty words… And therefore we confirm our initial “doubt” – and we think that God is not answering us!

But in our heart of hearts we know that all this is not true! We know that God feels sorry for us. He feels sorry because He sees in what condition we put ourselves. When He sees that we do not doubt His readiness to help us and that we are ready to hear what He wants to tell us, He stretches out His hand and touches us – to show us His presence.  He tells us that He is here, near us, ready to experience our same experience… if we are ready to let Him do so.

Jesus wants to cure us! Do we really want to be cured?

Lord, we are ill. Our illness is one which separates us from the community and sometimes it also alienates us from ourselves. Lord, we need to be cured. If you want Lord, you can cure us. We know that you want it Lord. We also truly want to be cured. Give us the certainty that we need to let you do so. At the same time Lord, we ask you, give us the patience to be ready to hear your answer, because sometimes in our hurry to get cured we do not listen to you! Say the word Lord and we will be cured.  Thank You Lord!”


Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.

(Permission to reproduce on this site by Fr. Jesmond, St. Patrick’s RC Church, Waterloo )

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