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FEAR NOT!

Read­ing Time: 2 minutes

Introduction

One out­stand­ing fact from the Scrip­ture is that it reveals to us that people have always been afflic­ted with series of prob­lems and dif­fi­culties. As the author of Qoheleth/Ecclesiastes rightly observes, there is noth­ing what has happened before will hap­pen again, what has been done before will be done again, there is noth­ing new in the world (Qoh 1:9). Wherever Jesus went, he was approached by vari­ous people who had one prob­lem or the oth­er. In this Sunday Gos­pel, we find.….…..

The synagogue official’s request

One of the lead­ers of the syn­agogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet. and begged him repeatedly, my little daugh­ter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live” (Mark 5:22–23). It is not dif­fi­cult to ima­gine the des­per­a­tion and frus­tra­tion of this man whose daugh­ter was at the point of death.…..

Fear not, only believe!

While Jesus was still speak­ing, some people came from the leader’s house and said your daugh­ter is dead. Why trouble the teach­er any fur­ther?” (Mark 5:35). Emis­sar­ies from the ruler’s house must have aggrav­ated his sor­row, and at the same time, mani­fes­ted their lack of faith and ignor­ance about Jesus. See­ing that the daugh­ter was already dead accord­ing to them, they thought it was use­less troub­ling Jesus.….

Conclusion

Beloved read­er, the two top­ics of our reflec­tion has a lot to teach us. The case of the synagogue’s daugh­ter and the woman suf­fer­ing from haem­or­rhage are all con­tem­por­ary issues. The ruler saw the good in Jesus and approached him. Although he was not so enthu­si­ast about Jesus, yet, he knew and recog­nized that Jesus was the solu­tion to his prob­lem. There are people who can­not see the good in oth­ers. There are even people who con­demn oth­ers based on hearsay. Such atti­tude is bad and must be avoided. Some wanted the ruler to give up since accord­ing to them, his daugh­ter was already dead. But he refused to give up know­ing the solu­tion to his prob­lem is not found in them, but in Jesus. This is strong faith. In fact, Jesus proved him right when he con­cluded that the child was not dead, but only sleeping.

FOR DETAILS, GET YOUR OWN COPIES OF THE BOOKTHE WORD OF LIFE: SUNDAY REFLECTIONS” (vols. I and II)!! The reflec­tion for the 13th Sunday of the year (B) is found in vol. II pages 276–288. Happy reading!

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