Sunday 21 June 2015

13th Sunday of O.T., year ’B’ 13e dimanche du T.O., année B

“Then the president of the synagogue came up, named Jairus, and seeing him, fell at his feet and begged him earnestly, saying, ’My little daughter is desperately sick.Do come and lay your hands on her that she may be saved and may live.”

Sg.1,13-15 ; 2, 23-24 Ps. 29 2 Co 8, 7.9.13-15 Mk. 5, 21-43

13th Sunday of O.T., year B

“When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered round him and he stayed by the lake.Then the president of the synagogue came up, named Jairus, and seeing him, fell at his feet and begged him earnestly, saying, ’My little daughter is desperately sick. Do come and lay your hands on her that she may be saved and may live.Jesus went with him and a large crowd followed him; they were pressing all round him.”

When Jesus intervenes, faith spreads far and wide. A public man, Jairus, pursues Jesus. Jesus dwells in compassion, calling others to live in faith. At each encounter He proposes his partner to make one more step further : ’Jesus left with him.’ From now on a dialogue is set off, the word of one will spark off the word of another, this man’s word sets Jesus off. The news of the little girl’s death will invite Jairus to go beyond renouncement in death, to believe in something that is a possible beyond that : ’Don’t be afraid, believe only.’ We understand that for this chief of the synagogue all is over, according to the people who surround him. But for this man who follows Jesus, it is not over. God must intervene, for he is to get out of this death thanks to his Passion and Resurrection. So Jesus has this surprising reply ’The little girl is not dead, she is sleeping.’ In fact everything that affects us is contained in in the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus who heals all death and every sickness.

“Now, there was a woman who had suffered for a hemorrhage for twelve years; after long and painful treatment under various doctors she had spent all she had without being any the better for it; in fact, she was getting worse. She had heard about Jesus, and she came up through the crowd and touched his cloak from behind, thinking, ’If I can just touch his clothes I shall be saved. And at once the source of the bleeding dried up, ad she felt in herself that she was cured of

her complaint. And at once aware of the power that had gone out from him, Jesus turned around in the crowd and said, ’ Who touched my clothes?’ His disciples said to him ’ You see how the crowd is pressing round you; how can you ask ’Who touched me?’ But he continued to look all round to see who had done it. Then the woman came forward, frightened and trembling because she knew what had happened to her, and she fell at his feet and told him the whole truth. ’My daughter, ’he said, ’Your faith has restored you to health; go in peace and be free of your complaint.’

Faith spreads between Jesus, Jairus, the woman who had blood loss, and the witnesses of these encounters. She touches Jesus’ clothes and she was healed. Now in this new state she finds courage to talk about her situation, she who had been on the outskirts of society. So Jesus can speak to her. The exchange is a word that joins them together where they come to a mutual recognition. Faith is recognised, called to grow, to become publicly known, it gives the power to take its place among her own people. This woman, who has greatly suffered, reflects the misery in which humanity is when faced with sickness. In this gospel something deeply realistic is given to us, for we are always confronted at some time or another with sickness, death, and this is anguishing.

“Coming to Jairus’ house, Jesus said ’Talitha Koum’ which means ’Little girl, I tell you to get up.” The little girl got up at once and began to walk about, for she was twelve years old. At once they were overcome with astonishment, and he gave them strict orders not to let anyone know about it, and told them to give her something to eat”

We discover the way that Jesus knows how to be really attentive to other people whom he knows how to care for. Jesus also says what life is, with the need to be fed, to take responsibility for one’s daily life. The faith to which he calls us is not a faith that has us get out of our daily life, but it is a faith that has us fully dwell in it, as we take a simple meal, or a mere drink or the way we look simply at things, expressing how marvelous it all is. In faith, we can marvel at the way we have a share in these simple gestures, simple moments. Jesus asked faith from us, faith is this loving touch of Love form God. In the Eucharist, He gives us his Body and

Blood, we can touch Him deeply. The outside touch manifests an inner touch, a touch from the heart that provokes an adhesion, a communion. Having had the experience of our weakness and of our misery, we count upon the power of Jesus Christ. The power of love given by his Church is a power of salvation, for us who live excessive pains that can only really be overcome by an Excessive Love.

Let us ask for the grace to look at Jesus as the Saviour of the world.