Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - B - June 27, 2021


Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24

The book of Wisdom presents us with a challenge. Do we recognize life has a greater purpose than the inevitable road to death? Can we see life beyond the grave?
13 God did not make death,
nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living.
14 For he fashioned all things that they might have being;
and the creatures of the world are wholesome,
and there is not a destructive drug among them
nor any domain of the netherworld on earth,
for justice is undying.

23 For God formed man to be imperishable;
the image of his own nature he made him.
24 But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world,
and they who belong to his company experience it.


Psalm 30

30 was a hymn of restoration: renewal of the person, the Temple and the nation.
A Psalm. A Song for the Dedication of the Temple. By David.

1 I will extol you, YHWH, for you have raised me up,
and have not made my foes to rejoice over me.
2 YHWH my God, I cried to you,
and you have healed me.
3 YHWH, you have brought up my soul from Sheol.
You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

4 Sing praise to YHWH, you saints of his.
Give thanks to his holy name.
5 For his anger is but for a moment.
His favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may stay for the night,
but joy comes in the morning.

6 As for me, I said in my prosperity,
"I shall never be moved."
7 You, YHWH, when you favored me, made my mountain stand strong;
but when you hid your face, I was troubled.
8 I cried to you, YHWH.
To YHWH I made supplication:
9 "What profit is there in my destruction, if I go down to the pit?
Shall the dust praise you?
Shall it declare your truth?
10 Hear, YHWH, and have mercy on me.
YHWH, be my helper."
11 You have turned my mourning into dancing for me.
You have removed my sackcloth, and clothed me with gladness,
12 To the end that my heart may sing praise to you, and not be silent.
YHWH my God, I will give thanks to you forever!


2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15

In 2 Corinthians 8, St. Paul urged his audience to share their abundance just like Christ did, even on the cross.

Popular Translation:

7 You already have everything that's important. You have faith in God, you know and speak about God well, you are eager to do good things, and you have our love. So, give generously.

9 You know how generous our Lord Jesus Christ was. He was rich, but became poor for you, so you might become rich in God's love.

13 Don't give to others so much that it becomes hard for you to live. Instead, give what you think is fair. 14 Now that you have a lot, give to the churches that are poor. In turn, they can share with you when they prosper and you aren't doing well. In this way, everything will be just. 15 It's written in the Bible,

"The person who has a lot won't get much more. The one who has little will not be in need."

Literal Translation:

7 But, indeed, you (already) abound in all things: in faith, in word, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in the love (that is) from us to you, so that you might abound in this (act) of graciousness.

9 For you know the grace of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, that, being rich, he became poor for you, so that you might become rich in the poverty of THAT (MAN).

13 For that (you should) not (give) aid to others, (and) to you a burden, but from (a sense of) equity. 14 Now in your season of surplus, (you should give) to the need of those (Christian communities), that the surplus of those (communities) might be for your need, so that (there) might be equity,15 just as it is written,

"The (one) with much has not increased; the (one) with little has not lessened."


Mark 5:21-24, 35b-43

The narrative of healing in Mark 5 revealed the tender but stubborn spirit of Jesus. He endured ridicule of mourners to see the daughter of Jarius return to life. Are you ready to follow in his footsteps to face criticism to show our love for others?

Popular Translation:

21 After Jesus sailed again to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him by the shore. Jairus, one of the synagogue leaders, came into the crowd, saw Jesus, and fell at the Lord's feet. 23 "My little daughter is dying. Come and put your hands on her. Then she will live!" Jairus urged Jesus. 24 So, Jesus went with the synagogue leader.

35b Suddenly, a messenger came from the leader's house. "Your daughter died." he told Jairus. "Why do you bother the teacher?"

36 Ignoring the message, Jesus interrupted. "Don't be afraid," Jesus said to Jairus. "Trust me."

37 Jesus didn't allow anyone to follow him, except Peter, James, and his brother John. 38 When they arrived at the leader's house, Jesus saw an uproar. People were crying out loud. 39 Jesus entered the house and asked, "Why are all of you making such a huge scene? The girl isn't dead, just asleep." 40 The people burst out loud laughing at him. So, Jesus threw them out of the house. Then he took the father and mother along with his three followers and entered the room where the little girl was laid out. 41 Taking her hand, Jesus said, "Little girl, get up." 42 Immediately, the twelve year old girl stood up and walked around the room. Everyone was in shock! 43 "Don't tell anyone what just happened!" Jesus sternly commanded them. "But, give her something to eat," he continued.

Literal Translation:

21 After JESUS crossed over in a boat again to the other side, a large crowd gathered around HIM. HE was by the sea (shore). 22 One of the synagogue leaders, Jairus by name, came and, having seen HIM, fell to HIS feet, 23 and strongly urged HIM, saying, "My small daughter has (come) at the end (of her life). Come and set (your) hands on her so she might be saved and live." 24 So, HE went off with him.

35b (Some) came from the synagogue leader's (house), saying, "Your daughter died. Why do you still bother the TEACHER?" 36 But JESUS, disregarding the statement being spoken, said to the synagogue leader, "Do not fear. Only trust." 37 HE did not allow anyone to follow along with him, except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. 38 They came into the house of the Synagogue leader. (There) HE saw the uproar, (with) great crying and wailing. 39 Having entered, HE said to them, "Why do you make (such an) uproar and cry? The small girl is not dead but sleeps." 40 They were laughing at him. But, HE, HIMSELF having throw everyone out, took along the father and mother of the small child and those with him and went where the small child was. 41 Holding the hand of the small child, he said to her, "Talitha cumi" [which is translated, "Young girl, I say to you, rise."] 42 Immediately, the young girl stood up and was walking around, for she was twelve years old. Immediately they were amazed with a great amazement. 43 HE gave them a weighty command that no one would know (about) this and he told (them) she be given something to eat.

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