The Gospel Today
Memorial of St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr
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.
One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward.
Seeing him he fell at his feet 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.”
He went off with him
and a large crowd followed him.
There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.
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.
She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd
and touched his cloak.
She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.”
Immediately her flow of blood dried up.
She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.
Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him,
turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?”
But his disciples said to him,
“You see how the crowd is pressing upon you,
and yet you ask, Who touched me?”
And he looked around to see who had done it.
The woman, realizing what had happened to her,
approached in fear and trembling.
She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth.
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you.
Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”
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?”
Disregarding the message that was reported,
Jesus said to the synagogue official,
“Do not be afraid; just have faith.”
He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside
except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.
When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official,
he caught sight of a commotion,
people weeping and wailing loudly.
So he went in and said to them,
“Why this commotion and weeping?
The child is not dead but asleep.”
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.
He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,”
which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”
The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around.
At that they were utterly astounded.
He gave strict orders that no one should know this
and said that she should be given something to eat.
Reflection (Sem. Dennis de Guzman):
In our gospel it is very obvious that Jairus has faith, same as with the sick woman who was cured by merely touching the cloak of Jesus. However faith in itself is not enough we have to couple our faith with our actions. Jairus did not lay idle he personally went to Jesus and in front of Him Jairus beg for the life of his daughter.Faith is what makes us believe that we will have what we want from Jesus. This is also what Jesus requires us to have whenever we have prayers and petitions for Him.The woman did the same; even if she was sick she mightily tried to go near Jesus just to touch his cloak. Perhaps the woman summoned every ounce of strength that she had so that she could squeeze herself near Jesus who at that time was surrounded by His many followers. Whatever it may be we all have our prayers before Jesus. Let us pray hard with faith and let us also work hard to achieve it.
God is a God who likes faith. The stronger our faith, the more it is pleasing in the sight of God. When we are faced with problems, difficulties and sickness do not ask the Lord for a miracle but rather ask for an increase of faith so we may be healed from our sickness and our pains are bearable. Faith with action is a very potent combination for us to have what we want from Jesus.