Today’s Gospel reading (Mark 5:21-43) tells us of Jairus’ plea to Jesus, that he go to his sick little girl, “My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live.”
Oh, that spoke to me; on a snowy, cold morning, with the arthritis screaming, I read that and thought, “me too, that I may move!”
Along the way to Jairus’ home, we read what is (for me, anyway) one of the richest and most powerful stories of Christ’s healings:
There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.
She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors
and had spent all that she had.
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you.
Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”
I love this story because it very gently puts the lie to the increasingly popular idea that Jesus asks nothing of us — that he’s just our pal, our fluffy squeeze toy who doesn’t mind what we do and prescribes no rules except that we be nice and, you know, that vaguest of things, “a good person.”
There is no reason not to think the woman with a hemorrhage was not a “good person”, but the Christ she encountered still asked something of her.
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I think it is so encouraging that, even with the scanty accounts of these amazing events that we have in the Biblical texts, people are still able to glean such rich lessons from them.
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