February 5 – Tuesday
Memorial of Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr
Gospel: MK 5:21-43
What strikes us about Jesus in this reading is his willingness to help those who are in need of his help. He is always sensitive to where people are and to what they need and is most practical in his concern for us.
Mark brings two incidents together by inserting one (woman with hemorrhage) into the narrative of the other (Jairus’ daughter). Both stories are gripping and moving, dealing as they do with people in extreme circumstances.
Note the stress that Jesus places on faith in both stories. To the woman he says: “Daughter, your faith has made you well”. And to Jairus: “Do not fear, only believe”.
What does this say to you as you live your life as a Christian today?
If you wish to dwell with Jesus invite him and let him be tuned into where you are in a sensitive way. Likewise you might allow yourself to be with Him as one who is attuned to your needs.
Prayer: (all together)
Lord Jesus, you love each of us individually with a unique and personal love. Touch my life with your saving power, heal and restore me to the fullness of life. Amen