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Mark 5:21-34

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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." 

Mark 5:21-34
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    • I pray that I may have the faith of this woman: trusting that Jesus can help me, reaching out humbly in my moments of need.
    • Jesus does not want only that I be healed. He wants to be in relationship with me, for me to be at peace
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    • The sick woman had ‘heard about Jesus’. What she heard gave her the grace to believe that he would cure her if she just touched his clothes. How has my ‘hearing’ about Jesus developed my faith in him? Let me talk to the woman and learn from her.
    • Jesus ‘told them to give her something to eat’. We often think of Jesus as being other-worldly, but his feet were firmly planted on this earth. Such a practical instruction after so great a miracle! I ask to share his practical care for people – our bodies matter as well as our souls.
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    • I reflect on the two contrasting approaches to Jesus – the strong pleading of Jairus against the tentative approach of the woman. She is hesitant because she had been ritually impure for twelve years. Jesus is fully attentive to both of them. He commends the woman’s faith. I note too his thoughtfulness for the starving child. What can I learn from all this?
    • As well as raising Jairus’ daughter, Jesus was to restore both Lazarus and the widow’s son at Naim to life. This was to persuade his disciples of his mastery over death and to prepare them for his own Resurrection. ‘I lay down my life of my own accord…and I have power to take it up again’ (John 10:17-18).
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    • Expectant faith and hope in Jesus is highlighted here. Two people with daring and initiative break through physical, social and religious boundaries. They want to experience the power of Jesus’ healing touch. Human suffering awakens the compassion of Jesus. Crossing the barriers and taboos of his day, he talks to a woman and touches a corpse.
    • As I contemplate this scene, can I risk revealing to the Lord my deepest concerns for myself and others? Can I trust that he will intervene and act?
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    • Here are two healings by Jesus, of a girl dying after twelve years of life, and of a woman sick for twelve years. In both there is physical contact with Jesus. The woman reaches out through the crowd to touch him. Jesus takes the little girl by the hand.
    • Lord, I cannot touch you, but I reach out to you in faith. You said of the little girl: /She is not dead but sleeping./ And you woke her up. I am waiting for your hand on me, to make me more fully alive. Let me hear you say to me: /Talitha cumi./
    • These are complicated stories about Jesus the healer. We can identify people who ask for what we really want from the Lord. The woman was desperate for a cure and the centurion was out of his mind with worry about his child. In prayer we can be afraid to be really honest and hopeful in asking God for what we want. Ask now this day for God's real and strong intervention where you really want this in your life.
    • The faith of the synagogue leader seems strong, the faith that brought him to Jesus in the first place. He accompanies Jesus to his daughter - despite the news of her death - and the girl revived. The cure came at God's time, and it's often the same with our prayers and way of life with God.
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    • Here are two healings by Jesus, of a girl dying after twelve years of life, and of a woman sick for twelve years. In both there is physical contact with Jesus. The woman reaches out through the crowd to touch him. Jesus takes the little girl by the hand.
    • Lord, I cannot touch you, but I reach out to you in faith. You said of the little girl: /She is not dead but sleeping./ And you woke her up. I am waiting for your hand on me, to make me more fully alive. Let me hear you say to me: /Talitha cumi./
    • These are complicated stories about Jesus the healer. We can identify people who ask for what we really want from the Lord. The woman was desperate for a cure and the centurion was out of his mind with worry about his child. In prayer we can be afraid to be really honest and hopeful in asking God for what we want. Ask now this day for God's real and strong intervention where you really want this in your life.
    • The faith of the synagogue leader seems strong, the faith that brought him to Jesus in the first place. He accompanies Jesus to his daughter - despite the news of her death - and the girl revived. The cure came at God's time, and it's often the same with our prayers and way of life with God.
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    • Here are two healings by Jesus, of a girl dying after twelve years of life, and of a woman sick for twelve years. In both there is physical contact with Jesus. The woman reaches out through the crowd to touch him. Jesus takes the little girl by the hand.
    • Lord, I cannot touch you, but I reach out to you in faith. You said of the little girl: /She is not dead but sleeping./ And you woke her up. I am waiting for your hand on me, to make me more fully alive. Let me hear you say to me: /Talitha cumi./
    • These are complicated stories about Jesus the healer. We can identify people who ask for what we really want from the Lord. The woman was desperate for a cure and the centurion was out of his mind with worry about his child. In prayer we can be afraid to be really honest and hopeful in asking God for what we want. Ask now this day for God's real and strong intervention where you really want this in your life.
    • The faith of the synagogue leader seems strong, the faith that brought him to Jesus in the first place. He accompanies Jesus to his daughter - despite the news of her death - and the girl revived. The cure came at God's time, and it's often the same with our prayers and way of life with God.
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    • I pray that I may have the faith of this woman: trusting that Jesus can help me, reaching out humbly in my moments of need.
    • Jesus does not want only that I be healed. He wants to be in relationship with me, for me to be at peace.