Touching the untouchable

 
Monday of 14th week, based on Hosea 2:16,17b-18,21-22, Matthew 9:18-26

Hosea 2:16,17b-18,21-22

On that day, says the Lord, you will call me, “My husband,” and no longer will you call me, “My Baal.” For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, and they shall be mentioned by name no more. I will make for you a covenant on that day with the wild animals, the birds of the air, and the creeping things of the ground; and I will abolish the bow, the sword, and war from the land; and I will make you lie down in safety. On that day I will answer, says the Lord, I will answer the heavens and they shall answer the earth; and the earth shall answer the grain, the wine, and the oil, and they shall answer Jezreel;

Matthew 9:18-26

While he was saying these things to them, suddenly a leader of the synagogue came in and knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.” And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples. Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, for she said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well.” Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well. When Jesus came to the leader’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, “Go away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. And the report of this spread throughout that district.


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Mr. Norm Laurendeau, O.P.

About Mr. Norm Laurendeau, O.P.

Norm Laurendeau is a lay Dominican and a semi-retired professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. He publishes and conducts research in the areas of energy and environment, with a focus of the use of lasers to monitor pollutants. He has been a fully professed lay Dominican since May, 2006. While moderating the St. Mary Magdalene pro-chapter in West Lafayette, IN, he was instrumental in developing a lay preaching mission within chapter meetings, at communion services, and eventually at weekday masses every Wednesday. He is currently the representative to Interprovincial Council meetings for Lay Dominicans of the Province of St. Albert the Great. He is also heavily involved in the science-theology dialogue, and is currently exploring the relationship between science and mysticism. In 2010, he will be chairing a conference on Energy and Religion for the Institute for Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS). Most importantly, he is married to Marlene Carlos Laurendeau, who is a social worker and spiritual director. They live in Brunswick, ME, near where Norm grew up. They winter in Berkeley, CA, near where Marlene grew up.