When Jesus had crossed again (in the boat)
to the other side, a large crowd gathered around
him, and he stayed close to the sea. One of
the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward. Seeing him
he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with
him, saying, "My daughter is at the point of
death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she
may get well and live." He went off with
him, and a large crowd followed him and pressed
upon him. 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. Yet she was not helped but only grew worse.
She had heard about Jesus and came up behind
him in the crowd and touched his cloak. She said,
"If I but touch his clothes, I shall be
cured." Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt
in her body that she was healed of her
affliction. Jesus, aware at once that power had gone
out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked,
"Who has touched my clothes?" But his disciples said
to him, "You see how the crowd is pressing
upon you, and yet you ask, ´Who touched me?´" And
he looked around to see who had done it.
The woman, realizing what had happened to her, approached
in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and
told him the whole truth. He said to her,
"Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace
and be cured of your affliction." While he was still
speaking, people from the synagogue official´s house arrived and
said, "Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher
any longer?" Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus
said to the synagogue official, "Do not be afraid; just
have faith." He did not allow anyone to accompany
him inside except Peter, James, and John, the brother
of James. When they arrived at the house of the
synagogue official, he caught sight of a commotion, people
weeping and wailing loudly. So he went in and
said to them, "Why this commotion and weeping? The
child is not dead but asleep." And they ridiculed
him. Then he put them all out. He took along
the child´s father and mother and those who were
with him and entered the room where the child
was. He took the child by the hand and
said to her, "Talitha koum," which means, "Little girl, I
say to you, arise!" The girl, a child of
twelve, arose immediately and walked around. (At that) they
were utterly astounded. He gave strict orders that no
one should know this and said that she should be
given something to eat.
Lord, who should I turn to first but you?
You have given me another day. This gift calls me
to come to you first, to hear you first.
My faith tells me there can be nothing better than
to follow your plan; my hope is to bring
you into my life and to other people; my
love wants to be fuller and better — it wants
to be like yours, Lord.
Grant me the grace of deeper trust and faith
in all moments of hardship.
1. “…afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve
years.” When problems are prolonged, or reach fever-pitch
levels, we can get the mistaken impression that God
has lost interest. Somehow he seems no longer moved
by our misery. All the signs say he has
forgotten us, abandoned us and left us hanging.
But God is only seemingly absent. He is
creating a new set of circumstances wherein we can experience
him at a wholly new level. The long, hard
and persevering fight to walk in hope enables God
to bring about greater fruits of holiness in us.
In the woman with the hemorrhage and in Jairus,
father of a dying daughter, we must contemplate a
mature and vibrant faith, observing how it conquers pessimism
and transcends the cold calculations and superficial tones of
their peers. Truly this is the first miracle we
see that Jesus has worked for them, and the most
2. “And they ridiculed him. Then he
put them all out.” The dismal voices of his “friends”
come to the father. Though they have seen the
miracle of the woman with the hemorrhage, they coldly
say, “Your daughter is dead. Be realistic. It is no
use to go on.” True, in the name of
realism, we can dismiss hope and cooperation with Christ’s
action in our life. We can ridicule Christ whenever he
wants to work in mystery and outside our human
limits. We can be tempted to abandon trust in
God in the name of reaffirming control over our world.
“Let’s be realistic,” we say. “It will never work.”
These phrases veil a weak faith, a poor faith,
a sterile or compartmentalized faith that works only when everything
makes sense to us, when everything is easy. Where
there is this lack of faith, Christ cannot work.
3. “If I but touch his clothes, I shall
be cured.” Many say they are near Christ, yet
few are acknowledged by Christ as close to him. Many
were brushing against him that day, many were verbally
praising him, many were serving him, but only one
touched him and got his full attention. Why? Only one
made an act of unconditional faith. What is the
secret? How can we really get his attention, truly speak
to his heart? None are closer than those who
trust him, who humbly depend on him, and who wish
to live from him. The woman’s unconditional faith was
open to whatever would happen, whatever would be Christ’s
response. Those who suffer and support themselves patiently with
faith and prayer experience new levels of union with
Conversation with Christ: Lord let
me use hardships to build newer levels of trust
and intimacy with you. Open my heart to seek you
on your terms.
I do not
ask you for happiness or sorrow,
Riches or poverty,
Freedom or slavery,
Goods or evils;
For goods are misfortunes if you do
not come with them,
And misfortunes are
goods if they arrive with you.
without you, what good would they be?
misfortunes with you, are they not the best goods?
Resolution: I will acknowledge
the presence of Christ in all the difficulties of today.