Still in the fray, Jesus speaks words of life to those who are blind to possibility. With a just a few gathered around him, Jesus compassionately extends his hands to a young girl, on the brink of womanhood and death, and he speaks words of life to her. He invites her and you and me to new life at every moment. We might be asleep to our own life; paralyzed by fear; stuck in our grief; numbing ourselves to pain through addictive behaviors; or frozen without hope of change. Jesus comes to us in that very place. Will you risk taking him by his hand and trusting in the love which dispels all fear? He is willing and waiting.
Mark 5:35-43 NLT
While he was still speaking to her, messengers arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. They told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.”
36 But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”
37 Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn’t let anyone go with him except Peter, James, and John (the brother of James). 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing. 39 He went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”
40 The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying. 41 Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!” 42 And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed. 43 Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell anyone what had happened, and then he told them to give her something to eat.
For Reflection and Prayer:
What word or phrase spoke to you as you listened/read?
Do you have something which you do not want to trouble the teacher with?
How are you called to, "just have faith?" Have a conversation with Jesus about how you feel about those words. What does he mean by them?
In your prayer, accept Jesus' invitation to take you by the hand and raise you from your stuck place to new life.