The 13th Sunday of the Year

Wis 1:13-15 & 2:23-24; 2 Cor 8:7, 9 & 13-15; Mk 5:21-43 (Year B)

“Death was not God’s doing, he takes no pleasure in the extinction of the living.” Like the author of the Book of Wisdom, we sometimes struggle with tragedies that seem to contradict our understanding of God as a loving and caring Father. The first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower disaster reminded us that we are never far from innocent suffering and death.

However strong our faith, the death of a loved one overwhelms us with an unimaginable emptiness, an emptiness that cries out to God and that cannot make sense of life’s cruelty.

The Book of Wisdom searched for answers in an understanding of God’s original creation, and the purpose for which it was intended. The Book of Genesis concluded its first creation narrative with God looking on all that he had created, and judging that “indeed it was very good”. Wisdom expands this further to explain that disease and death were no part of this original creation: “For he created all things that they might exist, and the origins of the world are wholesome, and there is no destructive power in them.”

Instinct, even in the darkest moments, believes that death cannot be the end of everything. The heart clings to the hope that love and goodness can never die.

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