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The Certainty of Uncertainty

Daughter, your faith has restored you to health; go in peace and be free from your complaint
Wisdom 1:13-15,2:23-24; Psalm 30:2,4-6,11-13; II Corinthians 8:7,9,13-15; Mark 5:21-43

Sermon Week Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 5:34

Our present age lacks a proper sense of reverence for the awesome mystery of life. Humankind, it is said, has lost the capacity to dwell on the wondrous mystery of a creative order moving its way to fulfillment -- a fulfillment that transcends all human understanding. Today, we look ahead in terms of economic and financial security, but little else.

Consider the mystery of life as it unfolds in a marriage relationship. A good marriage that matures with time is based on the growing realization by both spouses that complete knowledge of another human being is never attained. Married love is an uneasy balance. Meaning, there is always some discovery to be made, always some uncertainty to deal with, always unforeseen events to overcome. The complete mystery of the other is never solved.

Two longtime friends met at a bar to watch the Sunday game. When it was over, they became so engrossed in talking about old times that, before they realized it, it was hours past when they told their wives they'd be home. Several days later, they met again. "What happened when you got home so late the other night?" the first man asked, "Everything was O.K.," he replied. "I told my wife about how we had talked about old times, and she understood perfectly. By the way, what happened when you arrived home?" The second man replied, "When I walked in, my wife became historical. She spent the next fifteen minutes bringing up every time I've been home late in the entire history of our marriage."

If we spent the next hour reviewing our personal histories of the past twenty-five years, or ten years, or even one year, one undeniable fact would emerge; namely, that life is uncertain. It has been said that "The only things we can be certain about in life are the uncertainties." Life itself is fragile: here today and gone tomorrow. The state of our health is subject to radical change, often without notice. The very existence of humankind is threatened. Even the weather seems more complicated to predict these days. Yet, during [...]


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