The Universal Church celebrates Sunday, June 28, 2015, as the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B. In the entrance antiphon we pray: “All nations, clap your hands. Shout with a voice of joy to God. Amen.” In the first reading of the day’s Mass, the wise man tells us that God did not bring death into the world because he is the God of the living, not of the dead. Man brought death upon himself through his disobedience to God. Sin, which is the handiwork of Satan, brought about man’s spiritual death and destroyed his life in God. In the second reading, Saint Paul encourages Christian communities to help each other materially because they have received from God the faith which is common to all. Hence, he urges the Greek churches to assist the poverty-stricken church of Jerusalem. The Gospel message from Mark beautifully illustrates the fact that our God is a God of the living and not of the dead. God cures us physically and mentally when our faith is strong. As Jesus tells the woman with the issue of blood: “Daughter, it is your faith that has healed you.” It is also because of the faith Jairus, the Synagogue official, has in Christ that leads our Lord to raise his daughter from the dead. Let us therefore pray in the course of this Eucharist, for the grace of faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who heals our infirmities, be they physical or moral.