In a 1968 poll of college students – 83% listed their # 1 priority – Developing a meaningful life philosophy
In a recent poll of college students – 75% listed their #1 priority – Make money.
Now – what happens if they don’t make a lot of money – are they failures?
Or – they make a lot of money and realize – it is no guarantee of happiness?
Jairus – is a leader of the synagogue – well to do – his daughter is ill – and despite everything he has – all he wants is that his daughter be healed.,
Woman – been to many doctors – all she wishes for is good health. Makes you realize what is most important!
1) Realized they could go to Jesus.
Great power of intercessory prayer
Man named Bruno - Lived way out in rural area – used mail order.
Noticed check box – if we don’t have item in stock, may we substitute a similar item? One time he checked it – and received item worth twice the amount.
Bruno always made sure to check the box.
As he thought about it – good way to pray – God, feel free to substitute!
2) Jesus would not reject them
The woman who approaches him was considered unclean
Jesus does the unexpected. He has time for her, wants to learn who it is, calls her “Daughter” In world where you are judged by who you know, what you have, where you work – Jesus is there for us!
3) Difference the Church can make – Jesus accompanied by his disciples. They would together make a difference.
Jessica drove herself 25 miles to the hospital. She had to stop several time to get sick at the side of the road. Spent full day in emergency room. Was asked later why she didn’t call friends. All working, and nothing they could do anyway.
Friend said – Listen – every child always runs to others when they fall down.
Jessie said – I’ve never understood that. It’s silly. Kissing a boo boo doesn’t help the pain at all.
Friend – Jessie, it doesn’t help the pain – it helps the loneliness.
Our parish says you are not alone – Intention Book – St. Vincent De Paul – Ministry of Care – Midnight Run – opportunity to make food for homeless
One final thought about our Church as we try to understand the Supreme Court decision about marriage - The Court has now changed the definition of Marriage given to us by God. The Court has been mistaken before e.g. Roe v Wade - We ask our great country now for the Freedom to practice what we believe!