Today’s Gospel Reflection: Mark 5:21-43

    Our gospel is from Mark 5:21-43.

    Gospel: Mark 5:21-43

    21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered round him and he stayed by the lake.

    22 Then the president of the synagogue came up, named Jairus, and seeing him, fell at his feet

    23 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.’

    24 Jesus went with him and a large crowd followed him; they were pressing all round him.

    25 Now there was a woman who had suffered from a haemorrhage for twelve years;

    26 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.

    27 She had heard about Jesus, and she came up through the crowd and touched his cloak from behind, thinking,

    28 ‘If I can just touch his clothes, I shall be saved.’

    29 And at once the source of the bleeding dried up, and she felt in herself that she was cured of her complaint.

    30 And at once aware of the power that had gone out from him, Jesus turned round in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched my clothes?’

    31 His disciples said to him, ‘You see how the crowd is pressing round you; how can you ask, “Who touched me?” ‘

    32 But he continued to look all round to see who had done it.

    33 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.

    34 ‘My daughter,’ he said, ‘your faith has restored you to health; go in peace and be free of your complaint.’

    35 While he was still speaking some people arrived from the house of the president of the synagogue to say, ‘Your daughter is dead; why put the Master to any further trouble?’

    36 But Jesus overheard what they said and he said to the president of the synagogue, ‘Do not be afraid; only have faith.’

    37 And he allowed no one to go with him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.

    38 So they came to the house of the president of the synagogue, and Jesus noticed all the commotion, with people weeping and wailing unrestrainedly.

    39 He went in and said to them, ‘Why all this commotion and crying? The child is not dead, but asleep.’

    40 But they ridiculed him. So he turned them all out and, taking with him the child’s father and mother and his own companions, he went into the place where the child lay.

    41 And taking the child by the hand he said to her, ‘Talitha kum!’ which means, ‘Little girl, I tell you to get up.’

    42 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,

    43 and he gave them strict orders not to let anyone know about it, and told them to give her something to eat.

    Reflection:

    Our gospel is from Mark 5:21-43. During His life on earth, Jesus is attentive to the needs of the sick. This is what He wanted us to learn. He hates the sin, not the sinner. In the gospel today, Jesus never wasted time as He responded to the plea of a father who feared the loss of his daughter. Here, Jesus showed us His great power. He is the God of life and He doesn’t want to see us suffer. Then, it is from this point where He raises the sick from the dead.

    In Mark 5:21-43, the girl rise as Jesus commanded her. It is a clear proof that Jesus is the God of life, the giver of all things. If we will compare our present situation with our gospel today, we can sort things out. First, this pandemic is a kind of evil, the dark cloud that cost so many lives. We may never see literal dead people rising up because it doesn’t work that way today. It means, the coming g of Jesus is near and that upon His coming, the dead will rise again. So, to prepare ourselves for this moment, we must cleanse our souls first.

    In our daily lives, we have different situations recently. These torture us and it makes our life harder every day. We may have suffering today but, all the sufferings will vanish if we know how to talk to our savior Jesus. Like the woman who had been in pain for twelve years. After touching the cloak of Jesus, she felt the healing power. To touch God means to talk to Him and believe in Him. This is what the gospel in Mark 5:21-43 is telling us. There is only one God that will give everything for the sake of His people. The God of heaven which we love the most. It is then expected from us to offer everything to Him and to Him alone. – Clea | Helpline PH

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