“Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed…” Mark 5:34
Two people in search of a miracle. Both Jairus and the woman with a hemorrhage are at their wits end. The conventional medical treatments and practices of the day had not worked. No where to go. No one to turn to. No one—except Jesus—the Holy One whose name was on everyone’s lips.
It is said that, “Desperate times call for desperate measures”. Both miracle-seekers came to Jesus out of desperation. In complete surrender, they seek healing. Jesus knows why they are there, but he does not dismiss them. Instead, he is present to them in their time of greatest need.
Whether is response to a plaintive plea or an act of complete submission, Jesus is there. He does not judge our worthiness or our motives. Instead, he looks for what brought us there in the first place—our faith. That moment when we realize and acknowledge our vulnerability and our inability to “fix this” on our own.
In both instances, Jesus makes clear that it is their faith, their belief that God can do for them what they cannot that makes their healing possible.
So the point of today’s gospel is not so much about Jesus compassion for two desperate souls as it is about God being there when we “surrender all”—recognizing that it is by God’s grace alone that we “live and move and have our being”.
Come in faith offering your vulnerability to God. Be healed of your conviction that you can do it all by yourself. And then, go in peace.
MARCH 5 / MONDAY