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Sunday's gospel
A Dead Girl and a Sick Woman
Luc8:40-56


40    Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him.Copyright Image
41    Then a man named Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, came and fell at Jesus' feet, pleading with him to come to his house
42    Because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him.
43    And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her.
44    She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.
45    "Who touched me?" Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you."
46    But Jesus said, "Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me."
47    Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.
48    Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."
49    While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead," he said. "Don't bother the teacher any more."
50    Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed."
51    When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child's father and mother.
52    Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. "Stop wailing," Jesus said. "She is not dead but asleep."
53    They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.
54    But he took her by the hand and said, "My child, get up!"
55    Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.
56    Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.

Meditation:

Here we are, at the third Sunday of Lent, with the woman who suffers from a discharge of blood and with Jair and his daughter. It is, at the same time, a scene of healing and resurrection. In both cases, we see Jesus the Savior and we find also ourselves included in what is taking place, sometimes through the woman and sometimes through Jair and his daughter and other times through Peter and the disciples.

1- Your faith has made you well…go in peace

There is no human power able to heal this woman. It is the human vulnerability towards her illness. Despite her corporal sufferings, she felt separated from society and guilty for, she believed, according to her religion, that she was cursed and it was forbidden to her to touch anyone. She realized that her faith in Jesus Christ will save her. She came up behind him, without the attention of anyone. She had recourse to His religion, it means she believed in Him, she touched Him and had the purification. Instantly, she got rid of pain and was released from her isolation. She became strong because she got armed by her faith and by the work of God in her life. Thus, she stood before everyone in order to show the grace of the Lord.

2- Only believe and she will be well

The story of Jair and his daughter reveals the great love of a father for his daughter and his imploration for her. This story teaches us that God is stronger than death; He defeats it by His strength and His wisdom. But there is a little point that attracts us: to implore for the others. Jesus says to Jair: “Only believe and she will be well”. He asked him to persevere in faith for the sake of his daughter. The Lord revealed thus the importance of praying for others, for our dear first and then for other people. Prayer bears goodness. As long as we spread it, it will fill our heart and our neighborhood, starting from our families and friends and reaching the whole universe. Let us then prostrate before the concept of praying for others and let us pray.

3- A steady faith till the end

When the servant came to announce the girl’s death, Jesus said to Jair, “Do not fear”. This expression is similar to “Go in peace”, it is considered as well one of the effects of faith and salvation. Jesus told him so despite the real fact of the girl’s death. But, it seems, according to the end of the story, that Jair persisted in his faith and thus his daughter was healed and her spirit returned to her. It is the real faith which persists when humans consider that there is no more time or even that it is too late. The real faith fights also death. It is a confidence which overcomes death in order to reach life and resurrection. How many are the times when we live this situation on earth. It seems to us that there is no more hope and then the depression defeats us and we may also quit believing. Only the perseverance in faith is able to give us a real victory and to lead us to salvation starting from our life on earth. Let us then keep the voice of Jesus alive in our ears, “Do not fear”.