This weekend, we are lucky as Mark's Gospel presents us with two miracles relating to healing in the same passage. As Jesus is on the way to a man's home to raise a little girl, another woman seeks him out and touches his cloak as he passes by. Immediately she is healed and Jesus continues on to raise the girl from the dead. In both cases, he points out that faith is the gift through which the healings took place.
“Daughter, your faith has saved you."Mark 5:34In both cases it seems as if the people in the stories are desperate for healing from somewhere. The woman healed through Jesus' cloak had been suffering for years and no doctors' care could help her. The man from synagogue begged Jesus to visit his daughter since she was near death. The same could be said for us... do we only reach out to God when we are desperate? It is sometimes hard for us to make the connection with God when things are going well. We don't always see the need to either thank him or simply acknowledge his existence. In a challenging situation or in circumstances similar to the ones we read about this week, turning to God as a last resort is one of the things we are best at. While this is very much acceptable and right of us to do, we must also remember that God guides us through the good times in our lives as well through the blessings and talents he bestows upon us.
“Do not be afraid; just have faith.”Mark 5:36
Through these healing stories, we learn that our faith is the vehicle through which we can fully see the power of God. The man who comes to Jesus about his daughter is named Jairus. A quick search online brings up multiple sources which seem to agree that the name Jairus roughly means "whom God enlightens." Nothing within the scriptures is pure circumstance. The fact that the man's name is Jairus is significant as it is through him that Jesus' healing power is revealed. Because he is described as a man from the synagogue, we can make a little bit of an assumption that he had seen, or at least heard of, Jesus many times around the area and he would have known of Jesus' miracles. God enlightened him with a strong faith in Jesus which gave him the strength to ask for help. Without the man's faith in Jesus, the girl is not healed. Without his faith, this story never provides us a witness of Jesus' healing power.
This week in our daily lives, let us attempt to have a stronger faith- a faith that trusts in the power of God and his plan for our lives. Let us always turn to him in thanksgiving and praise for the good times in our lives and then look to him for strength and solace through the tough times.