January 30, 2018

Mk 5:21-43

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.”

So he went with him. And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.”

Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” He looked all around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”

He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age).

At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Persistent hope

Jesus tells the woman with the hemorrhage in today’s Gospel very clearly that it is her faith that has saved her. No doubt! But personally, this can launch me into a train of thought that is not helpful: Is my faith in Jesus’ healing power not strong enough? Is that why my back pain persists? Is taking medication a sign of weak faith? Do I simply need to be more radical in my faith for my life’s problems to go away?

I’ve found it more helpful to focus on the woman’s powerful example of hope. After 12 years of seeing doctors and spending all of her money on this issue, she somehow still believed she could be cured, God willing. She took the actions needed to get better, and yet didn’t become cynical or hopeless when the cure didn’t come.

In what areas of my life have I lost hope?  

—Br. Mark Mackey, SJ, is a Jesuit Brother of the Midwest Province in First Studies at Loyola University Chicago.

Prayer

Lord,

Please lead us towards hope.
When we wander towards thorns and dark valleys,
Gently tip us back towards the sunlight.
When our journey requires passing through shadows,
Remind us of their temporary nature.
When we question the trail,
And try to find our own way,
Remind us you see all,
You know all,
And you love us.

Amen.

Br. Mark Mackey, SJ


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January 30, 2018

Mk 5:21-43

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.”

So he went with him. And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.”

Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” He looked all around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”

He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age).

At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Persistent hope

Jesus tells the woman with the hemorrhage in today’s Gospel very clearly that it is her faith that has saved her. No doubt! But personally, this can launch me into a train of thought that is not helpful: Is my faith in Jesus’ healing power not strong enough? Is that why my back pain persists? Is taking medication a sign of weak faith? Do I simply need to be more radical in my faith for my life’s problems to go away?

I’ve found it more helpful to focus on the woman’s powerful example of hope. After 12 years of seeing doctors and spending all of her money on this issue, she somehow still believed she could be cured, God willing. She took the actions needed to get better, and yet didn’t become cynical or hopeless when the cure didn’t come.

In what areas of my life have I lost hope?  

—Br. Mark Mackey, SJ, is a Jesuit Brother of the Midwest Province in First Studies at Loyola University Chicago.

Prayer

Lord,

Please lead us towards hope.
When we wander towards thorns and dark valleys,
Gently tip us back towards the sunlight.
When our journey requires passing through shadows,
Remind us of their temporary nature.
When we question the trail,
And try to find our own way,
Remind us you see all,
You know all,
And you love us.

Amen.

Br. Mark Mackey, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!