While Jesus was speaking, an official came forward,
knelt down before him, and said, "My daughter has just
died. But come, lay your hand on her, and she
will live." Jesus rose and followed him, and so did
his disciples. A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came
up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak.
She said to herself, "If only I can touch his
cloak, I shall be cured." Jesus turned around and saw
her, and said, "Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you."
And from that hour the woman was cured. When Jesus
arrived at the official´s house and saw the flute players
and the crowd who were making a commotion, he said,
"Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping." And
they ridiculed him. When the crowd was put out, he
came and took her by the hand, and the little
girl arose. And news of this spread throughout all that
Introductory Prayer: Jesus, you
are my savior and redeemer; I believe that you want
to hear from me. I approach you in confidence and
offer this prayer for those who are afraid to draw
near to you.
me, Jesus, a deeper faith in your power to heal
me and my loved ones.
1. Awaiting Our Move: We note that the official´s faith
moves Jesus to action. Remarkable! The Son of God accommodates
a mere creature, due to a show of faith. So
often we see problems around us and expect God to
solve them without any effort on our part. God knows
our problems better than we do (cf. Matthew 6:8). Yet,
he sometimes doesn´t act until he sees an act of
faith on our part. The official showed such faith. It
was extraordinary, after all, for him to approach Jesus in
front of other people and ask point-blank for a miracle.
Do I have such confidence when I approach Jesus in
prayer? Is my faith strong enough to ask him for
2. Touching Moment:
The woman suffering hemorrhages had great faith in Jesus, too.
In her case, she didn´t express it in words. Rather,
she expressed it in a deed, by discreetly touching Jesus´
cloak. That kind of faith speaks volumes. It helps if
our words are joined with actions. Petitions don´t always suffice.
We have to act, to move, to leave our comfort
zone, in order to approach Jesus. Prayer is good; prayer
plus action gives God even more fertile ground to work
with. How can I complement my prayer life? Can I
help my pastor with a special project, for instance?
3. Mourning Has Broken: In Our
Lord´s time it was not uncommon to have professional mourners
show up when someone died. Jesus´ comment that the official´s
daughter was merely sleeping brought ridicule on him. Who needs
mourners if the young lady is alive? We can be
like professional mourners at times, resigned to the evil and
death around us. We might throw up our hands and
think we can hope for nothing better. We might even
be tempted, like the mourners, to ignore Our Lord´s reassuring
presence. We might think: "What! Me, be a saint?" Or:
"Me, called to the priesthood or consecrated life?" Or: "Do
you really expect us to handle another child right now?"
Luckily for us, Christ is undeterred. He comes to bring
us life, to lead us out of sin, to make
us more generous. In a word, he comes to call
us to holiness. Do I resist such a call?
Conversation with Christ: The official and
the suffering woman show an admirable faith. I want to
have that same kind of faith, Lord. Sometimes I feel
paralyzed by my problems, so much so that I find
it hard to approach you confidently. Increase my faith and
sense of hope. Let me live as if I really
believe that you rule the world.
Resolution: I will offer up a sacrifice (or a
visit to the Blessed Sacrament or an act of charity)
for a special intention.