One Monk of the Order of Saint Benedict

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The Word of God and the Body of God reveal each other -- the homily worships both.

February 01, 2011

For Tuesday of the Fourth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Mark 5:21-43

Despite the Lord’s strict orders that no one should know the Lord raised to life the dead daughter of Jairus, Jairus made sure everyone knew.
All came to know it so well that the name of Jairus is preserved here in the Gospel, though we find it nowhere else.
Jairus also made sure everyone knew the words of the Lord, Talithà koûm.
However, perhaps Jairus was so taken with the Lord Jesus that he forgot to tell us his daughter’s own name.
The happenings in today’s Gospel show the power of faith in the Lord.
The woman had been sick for years, but had faith to reach out for the Lord’s power.
For his part, the Lord had power that reached out for her faith.
Faith is power that works together with the power of Christ.
Though he knew “that power had gone out from him,” he told the woman, “Daughter, your faith has saved you.”
In his calling the faith-filled woman “daughter” we see his fatherly bearing.
Her healing unfolded inside another happening of fatherly bearing and faith.
Jairus already had faith that the Lord’s hands could heal and save his young daughter.
On the way to the home, the Lord and Jairus heard she was already dead.
However, the Lord turned to spur on the power of Jairus, the power of faith: “Do not be afraid; just have faith.”
Inside the house, with the faith of Jairus at his side, the Lords stretched forth the power of his hand and his words, Talithà koûm, to raise the dead daughter of Jairus back to life and health.
A few moments before, on the way to the house, the Lord had told a newly healed woman, “Daughter, your faith has saved you.”
In the same way, Jairus could have now said to his own little girl, “Daughter, my faith in the Lord has saved you.”
Both the healing of the woman and the raising of the girl let us see the power that comes out of the Body of Christ to meet the power of faith.
From the Body and Blood of Christ, his power meets, touches, spurs on, and works with the power of our own faith.
The Lord’s words to Jairus— “Do not be afraid; just have faith”— come to us now as we walk through the Mass towards the Body and Blood of Christ.
When the power of his Body and Blood meets the power of our faith, his words to the woman in today’s Gospel are for us also: “Daughter”— Son— “your faith has saved you.”
When he returns, he will wake the dead as well as the living to more life than they had ever known in their own flesh and blood and souls.
By his power and our faith, he will ban from us forever all sickness, pain, suffering, and death itself.
Then, whether or not Jairus had really forgotten to tell us his little girl’s name, the Lord will never let us forget our own joy at his side— Sons and daughters, your faith has saved you.

That God Be Glorified in All