Our Lectio Divina for this Friday took the reading for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B.
Mk 5:21-43 Little girl, I tell you to get up.
(Shorter form: 5:21-24, 35-43)
V 36 = don’t be afraid ; just believe. When I was a child I was frightened of many things but when my parents gave me assurance and love my fears disappeared. It is the same with Jesus. All I need to do is ask for his guidance and have faith that he will listen to my prayer.
he above paragraph is very simple and clear to understand. Our Lords teachings is also very simple and clear. Why do we complicate it when we become adults. A child like perspective is wonderful and simple. I need to see things with a child like innocence. I had total confidence when my parents told me things. I ask God now for the same confidence.
Whatever happens in my life I will have faith and believe. I will not be afraid but rather rejoice because of the grace Jesus has shown me.
This is one of my favourite Gospel readings.
“My daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”……………”Don’t be afraid, only believe.”
“My daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” These words are very special to me because I played the part of the woman who touched Jesus’ cloak when I was in primary school, and 60 years on I remember it like it was yesterday. I think it was a very profound and spiritual moment in my life. It is more significant because one year later when I was 11 years old I was very seriously ill in hospital for a month and almost died. I was not aware of how sick I was but I know my parents will have been praying for such a miracle as with Jairus’ daughter……………
“Don’t be afraid, only believe.” I know from discussions in later life that my parents were very afraid but they never lost hope and had a very strong faith and their prayers were answered.
I want to have that faith. I want to be free from fear and hand all my worries and anxieties to Jesus but sadly it is a work in progress.
God bless you all in sickness, in sorrow, in bereavement, in pain and in fear.
What strikes me about Jesus in our Lectio today is his willingness to help those who are in need of his help. He is always sensitive to where people are and to what they need. Jesus is most practical in his concern for each one of us.
Jesus stresses the importance of faith in both stories. To the woman he says, “Daughter, your faith has made you well.” And to Jarius “Do not fear, only believe“
Lord increase my faith in the plan you have for my life and help me to trust you in all things.
Do not fear; only believe.
The opposite of faith is not doubt but fear, which interferes with our normal functioning, and in extreme cases takes over and disables us. But let us not play victim – we sometimes allow fear into our being.
When Jesus says “Fear not!” it implies that we have a choice, otherwise there would be no point in saying it.
The suffering woman – an untouchable because of her bleeding, had faith in spades, to the extent of reaching out to Jesus and apparently distracting him when he was on the way to an important social figure, a leader of the synagogue.
What a contrast – local top man versus low-category semi-outcast woman – but both equally valued by Jesus.
We may not feel able to heal as Jesus did, but we can let this story remind us that society’s hierarchy doesn’t line up with that of the Kingdom that we pray for.
Let thy Kingdom come; let my kingdoms go.
“If I can touch even his clothes…” “My daughter, your faith has restored you to health.”
In reading this passage today, I am strongly reminded of an experience I had in regard to it a few years ago. I think the Lord means me to remember the lesson I learned at that time.
One day I was in my prayer space; I think it must have been in dim light or that I was not wearing my glasses. My eyes were drawn to something gold. On exploring, I found this connected to a Christmas card from a friend featuring the visit of the magi which, for some reason, I had felt inspired place in the prayer space. I found the gold that was shining out to be on the lower hem of a “king’s” cloak!
You will be able to imagine the inspiration this was to me at the time : “If I can just touch the hem of his garment, I will find GOLD!”
I have at times prayed with this for myself and on behalf of others. As I say, I think the Lord is directing me again to the Gold. Sometimes we hit a patch when we don’t know how to pray – although we know the Spirit prays in us – but this little act of reaching out to his garment, like an extension of himself, loaded with goodness for us, is so simple.
God bless you all, in all your circumstances. I’ll be touching the gold for each of you a little later.
“Rejoice always; pray constantly; give thanks in all circumstances for that is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
One to one with God
Fall at his feet
Tell him the whole truth
Like a child give him all my trust and faith.
And may peace and grace fall abundantly on you all like the rain we have today that blesses our gardens .
Jesus speaks with such tenderness when he uses the words ‘little girl.’ It seems that my inner child is the one who hears his voice and is willing to listen. The adult part of me is often the one who wants to take charge and sort things out for herself. Such was the case this week when I was trying to sort out a problem at work. After a frustrating day and a sleepless night I sat down with my journal and said to Jesus ‘Please help me.’ Within an hour I was able to see the problem in a different way and it was solved.
We have choices that Jairus and the woman in the crowd didn’t have, Jesus was new to them and yet they believed that he could help them. I have the benefit of a lifetime of knowing about Jesus and for at least 50% of that time having a relationship with him, and yet sometimes I put myself through so much misery instead of turning to him and trusting that he will show me what I need to do.
Dear Lord, today is a blank slate and from this place of prayer it has your name written all over it. I know there will be many opportunities to see your hand at work. Please remind me that you are with me every moment reaching out in love. Help me to be humble enough to set my will aside and trust in your guidance.
Sometimes, it is very difficult for me to imagine myself inside a Gospel scene.
Others is instead automatic; as today. I am not a bystander, nor one of the people companying Jesus, neither one of the disciples, today I was just in the middle before Jesus, begging for my daughter, saying as Jairus: ‘My little daughter is desperately sick. Come’, please Lord, ‘lay your hands on her that she may be saved and may live’.
I know ‘she is getting worse’, but also I know You can heal her. For I wish she would ‘be well again’ too, as the haemorrhaging woman.
I hear voices saying ‘Your daughter is dead’. And she seems to be dead. Despite all, I am still hoping for your words of life, ‘is not dead’, somewhere inside her, ‘is asleep’.
I am in tears when You say ‘Do not be afraid; only have faith’. Your words Lord bring comfort and reassuring to my heart. I trust in You, Lord, in You only.
Nevertheless, I observe the rain falling, I can avoid thinking that it would be good for fields and gardens, in so much need of it. Plus, that some days later this rain would allow every plant to be in its best, every crop will arrive to a beautiful fruition.
Instantly in my mind appears the parallelism with GRACE. Yes, Lord, Your Grace is like this rain, so desperately needed in order for the Fruits of the Spirit to be produce.
I need your Grace Lord, Grace of Faith and Trust in you more deeply, please Lord, in your infinite Mercy, grant them to me.
I know nothing is impossible for You, please Lord, in your Infinite Compassion, Heal my daughter, Wake her up.
I ended in thanksgiving for the LIFE: the life of every single being, the lives of those I love, the lives of all of you.
Ps 30:5 Sing praise to the LORD, you faithful; give thanks to God’s holy name…
9 To you, LORD, I cried out; with the Lord I pleaded for mercy…
11 Hear, O LORD, have mercy on me; LORD, be my helper…
13 With my whole being I sing endless praise to you. O LORD, my God, forever will I give you thanks.