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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Tuesday of the 4th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

Hebrews 12:1-4;

Psalm 22:26-28, 30-32;

Gospel MK 5:21-43


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.

 

Two Miracles of Healing

 

Our gospel today is a remarkable one in that it tells of Jesus definitely healing two people. It unfolds in a most interesting way in that the story of Jesus healing the woman with the 12-year haemorrhages is sandwiched in the middle of the story of Jesus healing Jairus’ daughter. By being sandwiched together, these two healing stories display some similarities. Let me just tell you today about two similarities in these two incredible healings of Jesus.

One common thread in both of these healings is the appeals they make directly to Jesus for healing. I would like to call your attention to our reading from yesterday.  Yesterday’s Gospel showed how Jesus was rejected and the people of Gerasenes implored Him to leave their neighbourhood.  Today the opposite is happening.  Notice that in both of the healings Jairus and the woman suffering from haemorrhages appeal to Jesus in desperation.  It is as if Jesus were their only last hope. Jairus was one of the leaders of synagogue, and was highly respected and had means to treat his daughter.  And probably he had done everything possible and available for him before approaching Jesus.   Now Jesus was his last hope.  So he came to Jesus and as Gospel tells, ‘he fell on his feet and begged Him repeatedly.’

Similar is the story of the women who was suffering for 12 years. She had endured many physicians and had spent all she had, and she was no better but her condition grew worse.  Both had exhausted all of their means and resources.  She also like Jairus comes to Jesus in despair, in fear, and in humility, and fell down at his feet.

It is true that Jesus even today continues to welcome and heal those who come directly to him often out of desperation and with humility, like Jairus and the woman in today’s gospel.  We do not have to be perfect to seek Jesus’ healing.

 A second similarity in both of these healing stories is the connection of touching and healing. Jairus appeals to Jesus to ‘come and lay your hands on her’.  Afterwards when Jesus walks into the little girl’s room and heals her, as the Gospel tells us, ‘He took her by the hand and said to her ‘talitha cum’.   Jairus request Jesus to touch the daughter and Jesus touches her and cures her.   Similarly when Jesus heals the woman suffering from haemorrhages, there is touching but this time it is the opposite way. It is the woman herself who takes the initiative to get close enough to Jesus, saying, ‘If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well’.  She touches his cloak and gets cured.  Today also we need the healing touch of Jesus.  It is enough that either we touch Jesus or he touches us.


Fr .Cyril Kuttiyanickal CMI


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