Gospel Mark 5: 21-43
When Jesus had crossed again in the boat
to the other side,
a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea.
One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward.
Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying,
"My daughter is at the point of death.
Please, come lay your hands on her
that she may get well and live."
He went off with him,
and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him.
There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.
She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors
and had spent all that she had.
Yet she was not helped but only grew worse.
She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd
and touched his cloak.
She said, "If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured."
Immediately her flow of blood dried up.
She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.
Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him,
turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who has touched my clothes?"
But his disciples said to Jesus,
"You see how the crowd is pressing upon you,
and yet you ask, 'Who touched me?'"
And he looked around to see who had done it.
The woman, realizing what had happened to her,
approached in fear and trembling.
She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth.
He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has saved you.
Go in peace and be cured of your affliction."
While he was still speaking,
people from the synagogue official's house arrived and said,
"Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?"
Disregarding the message that was reported,
Jesus said to the synagogue official,
"Do not be afraid; just have faith."
He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside
except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.
When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official,
he caught sight of a commotion,
people weeping and wailing loudly.
So he went in and said to them,
"Why this commotion and weeping?
The child is not dead but asleep."
And they ridiculed him.
Then he put them all out.
He took along the child's father and mother
and those who were with him
and entered the room where the child was.
He took the child by the hand and said to her, "Talitha koum,"
which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise!"
The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around.
At that they were utterly astounded.
He gave strict orders that no one should know this
and said that she should be given something to eat.
+Come Holy Spirit, Come by the means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Thy well beloved spouse.
There are many points in this powerful passage that we can 'remain in' with Jesus and listen to Him. One place would be to watch Jesus walk by the sea, the Gospel writer noted, that "he stayed close to the sea." I love that point. There must have been something of 'heaven there, something familiar', something that drew him close to the Father, because he was always thinking of the Father. But for this Lectio we will consider a different place. The place where 'faith' meets "Mercy." Here in this passage we see two different individuals both approaching our Lord in Faith and receiving all they hoped for, from the 'place of faith.' We can learn something very important here and one of those lessons is, the power of humble faith, believing in Jesus, believing He can do anything and everything, because He is Jesus, and, allowing that belief to move one from where you are, to where He is!
In the first miracle the woman approaches Jesus in faith very humbly, she must have stooped very low, or had been on the ground, because that's the only way to touch the hem of his garment and so we have the image of lowliness, humility and faith together in one single approach. Our Lord asks; "Who touched me?" Why did he ask that? His disciples almost chide him for his question, but why does he want to know, he keeps looking trying to seek out the person-that is so beautiful to watch, he is looking for the person of faith. Why does he stop doing what he is doing in order to look around and see the person? Perhaps one reason is, this woman's faith is so remarkable so powerful, so humble and deep that it could actually draw from him- it could actually draw out of Him, what is 'in Him,' Could it be, that he wanted to gaze upon that person with love, to recognize and praise the humble faith of the woman and to let that woman know that because of her faith, she was able to draw from him all she desired.
What do you desire to be 'done for you' ? Do you believe that Jesus and Jesus alone can do it? Go to him-
In the second miracle again we see the person, lowly "at the feet" of Jesus. Humbly believing asking, begging, on his knees. He has left home, where his precious daughter is, clearly he wanted to be, at her side in her illness, but he left that place selflessly denying himself and went in faith to Jesus. How does the man approach Jesus? What does Jesus do?
The last place to ponder: "Go in peace", those beautiful words of Jesus after the woman touches Jesus's clothes, and is healed. 'Go' implies moving from where you are, to where you need to be, 'in peace' implies that there is 'mode' of how one is to travel from this point on, and that 'mode' is in peace. Jesus desires for us, that we accept and allow His love and His grace to enter and rule our hearts and to carry us differently than before we encountered Him. He wants us to travel our journey with Him, in peace. Have you brought recently something of deep concern to the Lord and after doing so, proceeded to pick it up again and carry it and find yourself troubled all over again? What do you need to give to Jesus and leave with Jesus to heal? to take care of? to mend?- Give it to Jesus-
Prayer: Lord increase my faith and heal me Lord, for I need, I long, I desire to be healed of_________________________ Amen