Stick close to Jesus through his busy morning in Capernaum.

Tuesday, 2/5/13

It is good for us to follow Jesus through that full morning in Capernaum. He had been speaking to a large crowd when Jairus came up to him with a request about his daughter. If you or I had a crowd listening to our every word we would have told Jairus, “Hey, can’t you see I’m busy?”

The woman with the flow of blood was ritually unclean, and that would have made anyone she touched unclean, but she saw Jesus as being such a power for good that she thought if she just touched his clothing she would be healed.

And, of course she was healed. St. Mark had his own way of telling this story. He said, “She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.” And then he wrote, “Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him.”

It is nice the way he told the woman that her own faith had saved her. When he arrived at the home of Jairus he found the crowd making a commotion. People had a  custom of making noise to scare the demons away from snatching the soul that was coming out of a person.

We have another touch that was typical of St. Mark. He recorded the exact words of Jesus to the child. Hw said, “Talitha” or “little girl” “koum” or, “Get up.”

Then he said, “Give her something to eat.”

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