Serving the Word: Mk 5: 21-43

Mark 5, 21-43:
“Then one of the synagogue officials came up to Jesus, Jairus by name, and seeing him, fell at his feet and pleaded withhim earnestly, saying, ‘My Little daughter is desperately sick. Do come and lay your hands on her and make her better and save her life’……Jesus said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, only have faith.’ He went into the place where the child lay. And taking her by the hand he said to her, ‘Talitha, kum!’ which means ‘Little girl, I tell you, get up’. The Little girl got up at once and began to walk about.

I suggest to you that you make the following exercise in contemplation.

1. Contemplate firstly what Jairus does, the father of the child: he throws himself at the feet of Jesus and pleads earnestly. They are actions that indicate recognition, adoration, humility and, above all, a lot of faith.
2. Contemplate the words and actions of Jesus:
a. “Do not be afraid”: Jesus says this several times throughout the Gospel. And it always transmits peace, harmony and serenity.
b. “Taking her by the hand he said to her ‘Get up’ Jesus restored her life. Get up out of dejection, from prostration and from death.
3. Contemplate also on the child: ‘she got up at once and began to walk about’ With the Word and the power of Jesus, death becomes life.
4. Finally, contemplate yourself:
* Throw yourself at the feet of Jesus and continually beg him earnestly and with faith.
* Put your fears, doubts and deaths into the hands of Jesus and let him take you by the hand and raise you up.
* With the help and the power of Jesus, you are capable of standing up and walking about.
Good day

Antonio Sanjuán Marín, cmf

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