Study of the Readings
Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
• Words, Phrases
• To the point
• First Two Readings
John Kavanaugh, SJ
The Book of Wisdom claims that God fashioned all things so that they might have imperishable being. But we perish. All of us.
John J. Pilch
Jesus the Healer
Mark tells us that until the moment she encountered Jesus, the hemorrhaging woman put all her trust and resources in professional physicians.
For God death is nothing but sleep. He can restore life-giving warmth to limbs grown cold in death sooner than we can impart vigor to bodies sunk in slumber.
If a newborn child does not experience loving human touch frequently, the baby’s health will begin to fail, and complete deprivation of touch can be fatal for an infant.
Reginald H. Fuller
In that case, biological death has more than a merely physical meaning; it is the ultimate sign of human beings’ alienation from God. It is the “sacrament of sin.”