Gospel: Mk 5:21-43
Jesus then crossed to the other side of the lake; and while he was still on the shore, a large crowd gathered around him. Jairus, an official of the synagogue, came up and, seeing Jesus, threw himself at his feet; and begged him earnestly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may get well and live.”
Read: God does not delight in death or destruction; He is the God of life. Paul reminds us of the centrality of generous sharing in Christian praxis with the needy. The two miracles of Jesus – raising of Jairus’ daughter and the healing of the woman with hemorrhage attest to God’s generous sharing of life.
Reflect: Our God is a God of life and He offers this life in abundance to us. “I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance” (John 10:10). And, this life is given along with the fullness of joy: “That my joy may be in you and your joy may be full” (John 15:11b). Like the air we breathe, God’s life and joy envelope us always. We only need to breathe them in! If we experience deadness within and feel devoid of joy, perhaps we are refusing to breathe God in. There were many people milling around Jesus on the road, but only the woman with hemorrhage reached out and touched him with intent, and God’s life passed into her!
Pray: Jesus, be my breath. Be my life and delight.
Act: Visit a sick person today and offer your healing presence.
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