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._June 28, 1991 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i i Commentary I I I -'--" Mass Reading$ I I The power of Jesus' word I I continues: A double miracle Gospel Commentary for Sunday, June 30, 1991, Cycle B, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time; Mark 5:21-24, 35-43. In chapter four Mark had presented the teaching of Jesus in the form of parables. To show the power of Jesus' teaching, he immediate- ly added a series of miracles. The first one was the calming of the storm, thus displaying Jesus' power over the forces of chaos. As God brought order into the original chaos of water and dark- ness at the beginning of Genesis, so Jesus once more restrains these same powers and restores peace to nature. The miracle was used to teach the importance of faith in Jesus. Next comes a confrontation with Satan him- self in the cure of a man possessed with "an un- clean spirit." Here, too, Jesus is the victor. Now he has to confront the manifestation of Satan in the view of that time, sickness and death. Mark depicts a miracle story within a mira- cle story: a woman sick for twelve years is healed and a twelve year old girl is restored to life. Jesus and the disciples keep crisscrossing the Sea of Galilee from northwest to northeast and back. Each crossing gives Mark a new setting for the miracle about to be described. In the catechetics of the time these crossings would have been used as memory aids. As Jesus stands on the shore, the president of the local synagogue approaches him with the plea: "My little daughter is at the point of death." He asks that Jesus come and cure her. As he fol- lowed the sorrowful father, a large crowd began pressing upon him. A woman sick for twelve years saw her opportunity to touch Jesus with faith that this would cure her. Mark notes that the woman had spent every enny and suffered much from her doctors. Matthew and Luke, using the same story, tactfully omit this statement. As the woman touches Jesus, she is cured. Mark notes that Jesus felt power going out of him at that moment. Matthew obviously considers this a strange concept and omits it while Luke modifies it so as to seem less magical. Jesus asks: "Who touched my garments?" As he looked around, the woman, now cured, approached Jesus and told him of her cure. Jesus assures her that the cure was due to her faith. Thus the story becomes a lesson in faith to readers and hearers. Now a message arrives that the little girl has died. Jesus told the father not to worry, "only be- lieve." When they arrived at the house, they found everyone in mourning. The hired mourn- ers, Matthew calls them "flute players," were asked to leave. Jesus took Peter, James, and John and the parents of the girl into the girl's room. Taking her by the hand, he said: "Talitha, Kumi." Mark, as usual, translates for his readers: "Little girl, get up." And so it was. Mark adds a note of tenderness on the part of Jesus as he orders them to give tile little girl something to eat. Mark has now depicted Jesus for his readers as Lord over nature, over Satan, over sickness and death. The storm was cahned. Satan was cast out. The woman was cured. The little girl was brought back to life. The power of Jesus' words of teaching presented in the parables has been demonstrated by the four miracles. Mark has al- ready introduced three of Jesus' disciples during the final miracle. After a brief interlude, a visit to Nazareth, the stage is set for the mission of the disciples to go out and heal as Jesus did. Let us never forget that Mark did not write a biography of Jesus, but a carefully and artificially arranged seqnence of events to teach his community the words and deeds of Jesus to kindle and nourish their faith. Stories of miracles such as those described by Mark may not affect us as they did Mark's readers and hearers of the first century. But are we really that different? We have become so ac- customed to hearing the miracle stories of the Gospels, while never aware of how important these stories were to nourish the faith 6f Chris- tians whose faith was shaken by persecution, be- trayal and abandonment. The stories assured them of the power of Jesus to overcome all forms of evil. While the miracle stories of the gospels may no longer move us as they should, the tendency of suffering Christians to look for miracles to af- firm their faith in God is as strong as ever. Our time provides different miracle stories, Lourdes, Fatima, Medjugorje. Whether dr not we agree with such expressions of religion, the enthusiasm and strengthening of faith that arise from them cannot lightly be brushed aside. So it was with the miracles of Jesus in the early centuries of Christianity. Their power to nourish faith is still there and we need to be reminded of that. Other readings for Sunday, June 30: Wis- dom 1:13-15, 2:23-24; II Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15 I I I All Saints parish to celebrate centennial plans include a Mass, Sun- day, June 30, at 11 a.m., fol- lowed by a meal at the parish hall to which everyone is in- vited. A recently completed By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message Editor All Saints Church, Cannel- ,urg, celebrates its centennial souvenir booklet, depicting the history of the church and the community, will also be for sale at the celebration. Deacon Donald Lahay, pas- toral administrator, said the celebration will have some of 5 Lus weekend. The parish traces its roots to the work of lather Bartholomew Piers of Montgomery who began regu- lar visits to the mission Parish in 1891. Centennial celebration I EVANSVILLE SERVICE AND SHOPPING GUIDE I ZMIIN00 Sales & Service TV & 2-Way FM 1916 W. FRANKLIN STREET PHONE (812) 423-7849 Herman Goebei Motor Co. NEW OR USED CARS Where the best deals are made Trade up or down Bank Financing 2001 W. 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He said the members of the parish have planned the day not to try to raise a lot of money, but to have an opportunity to get to- gether with other members of the parish, their families and relatives, former area resi- dents and friends. There are currently 58 fam- ilies in the parish, according to Deacon Lahay, some of whom have roots in the com- munity dating to the time be- fore the parish was estab- lished. The community of Cannel- burg was established in the early 1870s, according to parish history. "Cannelburg sprang into existence with the extensive operation of the Buckeye Cannel Coal Compa- ny" according to one account. II I I IIIII SUBSCRIBE TO THE MESSAGE I i, , ,. i ii i i , r-ll Jill Ann White , Admlnlstrmtor "7_II so, w=hi.0n, IN 812.254-4516 Prairie 00llage II Living Center Edith Carrico, from left, Kathleen Cavanaugh, Ida May Bul- lock, Agnes Harrowood and Karen Bullock are members of the Centennial Celebration committee at All Saints Church, Cannelburg. "The history of All Saints parish closely parallels the history of the cannel coal mines and the building of the Ohio and Mississippi Rail- road (later B and O) through Cannelburg." A church building was dedicated in 1893. It was ex- panded in 1907, and ahnost destroyed by fire in 1953. Re- pair and redecoration projects were completed in 1954, 1977, and 1985. The church building was without a steeple from the time of the fire in 1953 until a new one was installed in 1979. The parish house where Deacon Lahay resides was built in 1906. The parish hall was completed in 1968. In 1950, parishioner Margaret Kavanaugh donated 15 acres of land adjoining the parish property, which was convert- ed into a lake, baseball fiekt and recreational area. Deacon Lahay has served the parish as pastoral admin- istrator since 1989  another event in parish history as All Saints and nearby St. Mary churches became the first parishes in the diocese to be assigned to the care of a.mar- tied deacon. Clare Lahay, who joined her deacon hus- band in his new assignment, died earlier this year. The first resident pastor of the parish was Father Joseph Duffey, who came to Cannel- burg in 1905. At the centenni- al celebration Sunday, several former pastors plan to return to the parish, to celebrate Mass with Bishop Gerald A. Ge.ttelfinger .... .,.. . .