JUNE 27. Ord Time B. Wk 12. Sun. Mk.5. 21-24, 35-43
When Jesus had crossed in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered round him and he stayed by the lakeside. Then one of the synagogue officials came up, Jairus by name, and seeing him, fell at his feet and pleaded with him earnestly, saying, ‘My little daughter is desperately sick. Do come and lay your hands on her to make her better and save her life.’ Jesus went with him and a large crowd followed him; they were pressing all round him.
While he was still speaking some people arrived from the house of the synagogue official to say, ‘Your daughter is dead: why put the Master to any further trouble?’ But Jesus had overheard this remark and he said to the official, ‘Do not be afraid; only have faith.’ And he allowed no one to go with him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.
So, they came to the official’s house and Jesus noticed all the commotion, with people weeping and wailing unrestrainedly. He went in and said to them, ‘Why all this commotion and crying? The child is not dead, but asleep.’ But they laughed at him. So, he turned them all out and, taking with him the child’s father and mother and his own companions, he went into the place where the child lay. And taking the child by the hand he said to her, ‘Talitha, kum!’ which means, ‘Little girl, I tell you to get up.’ The little girl got up at once and began to walk about, for she was twelve years old. At this they were overcome with astonishment, and he ordered them strictly not to let anyone know about it, and told them to give her something to eat.
In everybody’s life there are situations that we are unable to do anything about and we are all familiar with such circumstances; - a death, a poor health diagnosis, a dispute with a family member, and many other situations.
But one of the benefits of having a strong faith is that all of these different circumstances are able to be turned into situations from which we, and others, can benefit, and this is one of the teachings of Christ.
We see this teaching in today’s Gospel where Christ tells the man; - “Do not be afraid; - only have faith!” While, in this case, Christ knew that he planned to raise the girl from the dead; - the same advice can be applied in circumstances where the problem or difficulty is not removed.
Our faith enables everything that happens in our life to have value; - be it obtaining what we are seeking; - such as what happened for Jairus in today’s reading; - or having to endure great suffering and pain in a different situation. One’s Faith embraces all such circumstances.
What enables this blessing, for those with faith, was Christ’s Passion and Death, where he embraced suffering in atonement for sin; - and invited his followers to do the same; - and for the same purpose; - reparation for sin, and the saving of souls.
While people of Faith still have to endure suffering, and embrace sacrifice, the difference for one who has faith, is Christ has given value and meaning to their trials; - something someone without Faith does not appreciate or understand.
Jairus was clearly a man of Faith, something he bore witness to in his request to Jesus: - “Come and lay your hands on my daughter; - make her better and save her life!
Gospel Acclamation 2 Timothy 1:10
Our Saviour Jesus Christ has done away with death
and brought us life through his gospel.