Book of Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15 Mark 5:21-43
Sunday’s Gospel from Mark has much about which to ponder. Three words popped into my head when I read this account. Plan. Touch. Faith.
Jairus had a PLAN to seek out Jesus when his daughter suffered a life-threatening illness. He wanted to persuade Jesus to come to his home and cure her. The PLAN of the woman afflicted with hemorrhages was to sneak up behind Jesus in the crowd, and TOUCH his cloak for a cure.
Instantaneous cure was her reward! Later on, Jesus TOUCHED the “dead” child of Jairus, taking her hand to life her up. She not only woke up, but walked around!
FAITH played a major role in these miracles. Jesus even emphasized the importance of FAITH when he told Jairus, “. . . just have FAITH,” when the people discouraged him from bothering Jesus since the girl had already died. And to the hemorrhaging woman, Jesus assured her, “Daughter, your FAITH has saved you.”
Three questions for your reflection: What PLAN regarding a problem, difficulty, or concern do you bring to God? When and how have you gotten “in TOUCH” with Jesus regarding that problem? How strong is your FAITH when you pray or take action to deal with the difficulty?
In Jesus’ words to Jairus, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.”