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June 28, 2009: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Have confidence in the Providence that so far has never failed us…be patient…be trustful.”

One of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came to Jesus, fell at his feet, and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is near death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” So Jesus went with him. Some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to Jairus, “Do not fear; only believe.” When they came to the house, Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. He said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” They laughed at him. He took the child’s father and mother and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means “Little girl, get up!” And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years old). They were overcome with amazement. (Mark 5:22-24, 35-36, 38-42)

Read Chapter 5 in St. Mark’s gospel.
While going to Jairus’ house, Jesus also cures a sick woman. Both of these stories are about faith. Because the sick woman and the father of the young girl believed in Jesus, you could say their prayers were answered. Things don’t always turn out so well. But even when they don’t, Jesus wants us to believe and trust.


Saint Mother Theodore Guerin placed her trust in God in the most impossible situations. She often said, “Have confidence in the Providence that so far has never failed us…be patient…be trustful.” The word “Providence” describes God who totally cares for and loves each of us. Put your trust in God!

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Sister Mary Beth Klingel

Sister Mary Beth is currently ministering as the Guest Services Coordinator in Woodhaven, a Retreat and Guest House. In addition to many liturgical involvements, she also is a volunteer visitor in Providence Health Care. Previously she served for 10 years on the SP leadership team general officer on the leadership team of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She has previously served as an elementary school teacher, pastoral minister and director of novices.

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