In the Old Testament we find an interesting book, in which there is a beautiful inspiration to meditate on today’s Gospel.
In the Book of Wisdom we are reminded that God loves life, especially the life we each have as children of God. He is pro-life. God does not delight in destruction and death. He created all things “simply to be, to exist.” Death was not in the plans of the Creator.
However, there is death in our world. The author of the Book of Wisdom considers physical death as a consequence of the “words and deeds” of the ungodly.
But, those who practice justice will be immortal. The righteous people will have eternal life. Jesus in the Gospel shows us how he is “pro-life” and what it means for us, as his disciples, to be “pro-life.”
We have two side-by-side healing stories in today’s Gospel. In these events, Jesus performs not only a physical cure but also a spiritual healing. Jesus heals us on the outside and on the inside. Jesus acts always knowing what he does and he heals the sick who believe in him, regardless of their nationality or gender.
In the case of the daughter of Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue, FAITH is crucial. The resurrection of the 12 year old girl happens by the power of the words spoken by Jesus. Mark has preserved the original Aramaic: “Talitha cum,” “Little girl, get up.” Jesus reveals himself as Lord of Life, with power over death.
This miracle and all of the miracles bringing people back to life are a proclamation that, in Jesus and for Jesus, life always triumphs over death.
Our Lord heals the body because the body is the temple of the soul. Healing a person’s external body also includes healing their spirit. What was the work of God through Jesus? He cured the flow of blood, healed the leper, brought sight to the blind and healed the paralytic. Jesus cured these diseases of the body, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus cures the blind and the lame. Everyone who does not walk straight goes down the road of life limping. Those who do not trust in God are blind. Every person who is inconsistent, mediocre or dishonest has, as it were, spots of leprosy.
The gospel, or “good news,” of Jesus Christ is God’s call to all people, bringing them earthly happiness and eternal life. Through the witness of faith of two characters in today’s reading from St. Mark, we encounter people who have been revitalized by their encounter with Jesus, people who have been reinstated to life, a life that they had previously been excluded from because of their diseases.
Thinking about the woman on the road and the child brought back to life we can know that God only wants good for us, and our happiness.
With absolute certainty we see what is necessary for a life of service and goodness. Jesus said to Jairus, “Just have faith.” Jesus reveals himself as the one who brings together all of life and society: those who are estranged, excluded, and marginalized for any reason, and in the case of today’s gospel story, it is disease. Jesus is at the service of life and the good of all.
In the Church, we are all followers of Jesus, called to work for the life and prosperity of all people everywhere. That is our distinctive as believers, as Christians, as collaborators in the plan of God, who is life and happiness for all of his children. Let us not be asleep. Today Jesus takes us by the hand and lifts us up. Our response needs to be: “Let’s do it.”
God, in his infinite love, does not delight in punishment or in the destruction of sinners. God desires conversion.
After the tragic experience of Adam, God has regenerated humanity and calls us to return to intimate union with him, to return to a friendship that fully satisfies the soul. When we are faithful in our lives following Jesus, we feel in our spirit an overflowing joy, and a complete peace that is impossible to explain.
Rebellion, or turning from God, is a sad death of the soul.
Jesus’ life and death grants life-changing healing that has the authority to cross boundaries of ethnicity and gender.
Jesus chooses not to leave people in the condition in which he finds them. He has the power to alter that condition.
Do we? Can the Christian community alter the conditions of people’s lives? Can the Christian community bring healing into troubled circumstances? Must the Christian community also cross boundaries, whether they are ethnic, gender, race, sexual orientation, politics, or any other division in our society? The Christian community must advocate life-giving meaning and change. May God grant us the courage to do so.
The sick woman in today’s gospel knew that when she came to touch the hem of the robe worn by the Master, she would be healed of her shameful disease. And so it happened. And so it happens to us. Whenever we come to Jesus, full of humility and repentance for our faults and sins, trusting in his limitless power and infinite goodness, we will be healed.
Brothers and sisters, our Lord is waiting to heal us. Let us approach him without fear. He is the source of true life.