Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Jairus; and, the Woman with a Hemorrhage - Sunday's Homily with Lawrence Matthew Ventline
June 28, 2015 Wisdom 1:13-15 Ps. 30: 2-13 2 Cor. 8:7-15 Mk. 5: 21-43 Heal what you feel by the favor, grace, blessing of God. After all, God is for life. For the abundant life as Jesus asserts. Jairus is a synagogue leader and his daughter is near death. "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." Both are Jewish - a girl and a woman. The power of faith is working wonders here in both scenes. Faith is like that. Isn't it? The hemorrhaging woman is touched and made well by Jesus. In the meantime, Jairus believes his daughter died. "The child is not dead, but sleeping," Jesus asserts. "Little girl, get up," Jesus says in Aramaic. The 12-year-old rises, the Gospel notes. Restoration of life. Revival. Renewing life around the common number of 12. Restoring 12 tribes of Israel. The 12-year-old and the 12-year hemorrhaged woman. Israel is the daughter and bride of God (Hos.2:19-21). Daughters brought to life, wellness, full health. Praise God! Faith suffices even over death when it comes to Jesus the Christ, the Lord of life and love. For sure. Heal what you feel by the favor of God, will you?