We have two interesting miracle stories in today’s Gospel. The stories of the healing of the woman with hemorrhages and the raising of Jairus’ daughter are intertwined. The women in both stories are in desperate situations. The woman with the hemorrhages “had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors” and had spent all that she had. The daughter of Jairus who was “at the point of death” dies. For me, the most powerful lines in the Gospel are “do not be afraid, just have faith.” These words come right after Jairus is informed that his daughter had died. I guess nobody would have blamed Jairus if he had said “Never mind Jesus – you can’t help.” In spite of appearances, Jesus tells him to keep on believing – that Jesus could help him. The Gospel is really about events that touch all of our lives at times – illness, death, bad things that upset our lives. At times like these we sometimes think Jesus can’t help us either. Jesus says the same thing to us: “do not be afraid, but have faith” – and after all, isn’t that what faith really is! God bless!
Following the WORD OF GOD
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