If this is a snapshot of a day in the life of Jesus, then missionary disciples, tasked with being his face in our time, had better invoke the power of the Holy Spirit if we are to respond to the challenges that we encounter each day. In the gospel, Jesus demonstrates his authority over illness and even death. The writer draws us into emotionally charged stories of human longing for recognition and hope in both instances.
We are touched by the humility, faith, and above all, the love of a father whose daughter’s life is in danger and the courage of a woman whose life of sickness was lived in the shadow of ritual uncleanliness. Jesus heals the woman and raises the child from death, and we breathe a sigh of relief. The young girl is restored to her family, and the woman is reintegrated into the life of the community.
We are all invested in these accounts of humanity’s cries for the healing touch of Jesus. They enhance our appreciation for the healing ministry of Jesus, and they deepen our own call to be agents of healing to others. “Please, come lay your hands,” says the father, and we add and our own names of those we know who make that prayer their own; and “if I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured,” says the afflicted woman, and again we think of those who have suffered through years of unrelieved pain and suffering, often in silence and anonymity.
Raising someone from the dead is probably not within our power, but there are varieties of lifelessness that cry out for a community committed to healing, restoration, and renewal. We are that community.
Let Us Pray:
Lord, open our ears to the cry of the sick and suffering.
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