Jesus crossed to the other side of the lake and while He was still on the shore, a large crowd gathered around him. Jairus, an official of the synagogue, came up and seeing Jesus, threw himself at his feet and asked him earnestly, «My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her so that she may get well and live».
Jesus went with him and many people followed, pressing from every side. Among the crowd was a woman who had suffered from bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a lot at the hands of many doctors and had spent everything she had, but instead of getting better, she was worse. Since she had heard about Jesus, this woman came up behind him and touched his cloak thinking, «If I just touch his clothing, I shall get well». Her flow of blood dried up at once, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her complaint. But Jesus was conscious that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, «Who touched my clothes?». His disciples answered, «You see how the people are crowding around you. Why do you ask who touched you?». But he kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, aware of what had happened, came forward trembling and afraid. She knelt before him and told him the whole truth. Then Jesus said to her, «Daughter, your faith has saved you; go in peace and be free of this illness».
While Jesus was still speaking, some people arrived from the official's house to inform him, «Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Master any further?». But Jesus ignored what they said and told the official, «Do not fear, just believe». And He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James and John, the brother of James.
When they arrived at the house, Jesus saw a great commotion with people weeping and wailing loudly. Jesus entered and said to them, «Why all this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep». They laughed at him. But Jesus sent them outside and went with the child's father and mother and his companions into the room where the child lay. Taking her by the hand, he said to her, «Talitha kumi!» which means: “Little girl, get up!”. The girl got up at once and began to walk around. (She was twelve years old.) The parents were astonished, greatly astonished. Jesus strictly ordered them not to let anyone know about it, and told them to give her something to eat.
Sometime we are cornered and could move nowhere. The hope and faith seem to produce no fruit. Totally broken without any means of recuperation, we surrender to God, the only source of our hope and the Faith does make miracle, in such a desperate moment of life, beyond our imagination and expectation. It’s here we discover how wonderful is our God and how merciful He is, even today, after all of our unfaithfulness. This divine encounter transforms the person and gives a new life, life in God, totally from God and for God.
«Do not fear, just believe» is the humble request of the Lord, particularly in our troubled life. Jesus is here to console us, protect us and to give us life. Gospel say that ‘Jesus crossed’ and this crossing over is for our salvation. He makes Himself available to us, sometime personally and very often through different means and persons, so that we may see Him and approach Him. From our part we need to take little effort, against the currents of our time and the society. When we say YES to God, just like Mary, the mother of God, we too will witness the wonders that the Lord enacts on our favor.
This little girl is sent back to the same society, to be the living witness of divine providence. All those who have received the grace from the Lord, particularly the Holy Spirit, in our baptism, are called, anointed and sent to be the living witness of divine goodness and providence. It is in this divine goodness that David cried for the death of his son. It is in the same divine goodness that we are called to forgive and be givers of life.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers:
The long-suffering of parents,
by Peter Chrysologus (400-450 AD)
"Let us, if it is pleasing to you, speak for a moment of the pains and anxieties which parents take upon themselves and endure in patience out of love and affection for their children. Here, surrounded by her family and by the sympathy and affection of her relations, a daughter lies upon her bed of suffering. She is fading in body. Her father's mind and spirit are worn with grief. She is suffering the inward pangs of her sickness. He, unwashed, unkempt, is absorbed wholly in sorrow. He suffers and endures before the eyes of the world. She is sinking into the quiet of death... Alas! why are children indifferent to these things! Why are they not mindful of them? Why are they not eager to make a return to their parents for them? But the love of parents goes on nevertheless; and whatever parents bestow upon their children, God, the parent of us all, will duly repay." (excerpt from SERMON 33.2)