READINGS for 2009-02-03

Didache | Companion | Sabbath



He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha Koum” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” – Mark 5:41
When my father died when I was 12, it felt like a part of me and my childhood died with him. For a time, all the joy in me was silenced. In a split second, I matured beyond my years. The world became a serious and lonely place. The
little girl whose peals of laughter used to echo through our home was nowhere to be found.
Time, as they say, is a healer of wounds. As the days passed by, I began to recover from my father’s demise. With the renewing love of family and friends, I began to smile and laugh again. Despite the pain, I saw that the world was still good and beautiful. In time, I began to rediscover the child in me. It was as if Jesus gently held out His hand and said, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” It was a patient invitation, and when I was ready, I took His hand and we began to walk together. Jesus led the way as He soothed my battered heart.
I still miss my dad but I know we will meet again in heaven. I am no longer 12 years old but I still keep that little girl in me. It’s that child’s resilience and faith that sees me through the tough and sad days. It’s that little girl who reminds me that Jesus has touched me, held my hand and has promised to never let go. Cess Cosico
Rediscover the child in you. Let Jesus hold your hand.
Jesus, I need Your hand to see me through. Thank You for never letting go.


Christian discipleship is a serious business. The author of the Letter to the Hebrews reminds us that we have a duty to resist sin ‘to the point of death!’ There is nothing worse we can do than to allow sin into our hearts. We have to learn that we need to do everything in our power to resist temptation when it occurs. This means conditioning our minds with the truth that it is better for us to die than to sin!
Hebrews 12:1-4
1 Brothers and sisters: Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us 2 while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God. 3 Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners, in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart. 4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.
Psalm 22:26b-27. 28 and 30. 31-32
R: They will praise you, Lord, who long for you.
25 [26] I will fulfill my vows before those who fear him. 26 [27] The lowly shall eat their fill; they who seek the LORD shall praise him, “May your hearts be ever merry!” (R) 27 [28] All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD; all the families of the nations shall bow down before him. 29 [30] To him alone shall bow down all who sleep in the earth; before him shall bend all who go down into the dust. (R) And to him my soul shall live; 30 [31] my descendants shall serve him. Let the coming generation be told of the LORD 31 [32] that they may proclaim to a people yet to be born the justice he has shown. (R)
The two healings recorded here begin to give us some idea why people flocked to Jesus to be healed. However, coming to Jesus and being healed is only the first step of our response to God’s love. It cannot end here! We have to be committed to coming to Jesus every day in prayer to offer ourselves to Him and open our lives up to His grace. Only when we do this can we really say that we are living the life of His disciple.
Mark 5:21-43
21 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. 22 One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward. Seeing him he fell at his feet 23 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.” 24 He went off with him, and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him. 25 There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years. 26 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. 27 She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. 28 She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.” 29 Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. 30 Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?” 31 But his disciples said to him, “You see how the crowd is pressing upon you, and yet you ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 The woman, realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.” 35 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?” 36 Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” 37 He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. 38 When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official, he caught sight of a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 So he went in and said to them, “Why this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 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. 41 He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!” 42 The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around. [At that] they were utterly astounded. 43 He gave strict orders that no one should know this and said that she should be given something to eat.
my reflections
think:There is nothing worse we can do than to allow sin into our hearts.

God’s special verse/thought for me today________________

Thank You Lord for: ____________________________________


The Power To heal
There are many wonderful stories in the Gospel about the healing power of Jesus that make beautiful meditations for us. The reason that there are so many stories on healing, I believe, is to teach us that we are in need of the healing power of God. We have been trapped in the grasp of Satan, the prince of this world, but the healing power of Jesus sets us free from sin and death. To heal is to save. In fact, the word for healing is equivalent to the Greek word “to save” (salous). Jesus is the Healing, the Salvation/Savior of the world.
Imagine yourself as a beneficiary of Jesus’ healing in today’s Gospel — the woman healed from her condition or the little girl brought to life. We are told by the evangelist about the woman who spent everything she had on medical resources yet found herself becoming worse. In faith, she trusted that if she could merely touch the cloak of Jesus she would be cured. Jesus felt that power had gone out from Him, and seeks the one who is healed. The woman, as Mark informs us, approaches Jesus in fear and trembling. Jesus does not condemn the woman but affirms her healing and sends her in peace. She stands straight, giving praise and glory to God.
The little girl that we read about is dying. On arrival, she is found dead. However, Jesus doesn’t think so — she is only sleeping, which in itself causes some to laugh and ridicule Jesus. And yet by the word of Jesus, the little girl comes to life. For both these people, salvation had come into their lives.
In the first instance, it’s the touch that brings healing and comfort. In the second incident, it is the word of Jesus that brings life to the girl. The healing power of Jesus, in word and action, is available to us if we but reach out and touch Him. Let us allow the Lord to touch us today. Let us reach out and touch Him today. Let us also listen to His word. He tells us to rise out of our sleep, the sleep of sin and death. His words bring life and healing to us. Fr. Brian Steele, MGL
Reflection Question:
Where do I need to experience the healing touch of Jesus? Where do I need to hear the word of Jesus to arise out of darkness into His light?
Lord, I come before You. Stretch out Your hand and touch me. Allow me to hear Your word of life and set me free from the power of sin. May I know Your healing power in my life. Amen.
St. Blasé, Bishop and Martyr, pray for us.

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