13TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY
This week’s gospel passage presents two miracle
accounts, one, in effect, ‘interrupting’ or being framed by the
other. Jesus is approached by the synagogue official, Jairus,
to come and heal his dying daughter. In the milling and surging
crowd, Jesus suddenly becomes aware of being touched by someone.
The story of the woman with a haemorrhage is a story of social
and religious isolation as much as it is a story of illness and
pain. Because of the Jewish prohibitions against blood, the woman
would have been regarded as permanently impure and unclean. She
would have been unable to engage in any worship; she could not
touch another person without also making them unclean; she was
effectively outcast for the 12 years of her illness. She knew
it would be forbidden for her to touch Jesus openly but took her
chances of being unobserved in the crowd – she risked all on the
belief that even touching Jesus’ cloak might heal her. Jesus immediately
stopped and drew attention to the woman. By doing so he made it
clear to her that it was her faith that had healed her (a feature
of healing stories in the Gospel of Mark). His actions also made
it clear to the crowd that she was now healed and should not be
shunned any longer; she was publicly declared fit to re-enter
society and religious participation. After 12 years of virtual
non-existence, the woman was now able to begin her life again.
The delay, however, meant that Jairus’ daughter was dead by the
time Jesus arrived. Undeterred, Jesus performs another miracle
and raises the girl from death. The girl was 12 years old – the
same 12 years the woman suffered with a haemorrhage – and now
she too was able to begin her life again. There is a neatness
and a completeness about the two stories.
© Fr Greg Sunter
©Creative Ministry Resources
2015 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING SUNDAY
19th JULY at 11am in SFX Hall.
the people of St Francis Xavier - St Clare parish, seek to live
lives, celebrating God’s presence & our faith values
through worship, outreach, service, justice & hospitality.
our Vision Statement
READINGS THIS WEEK
Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-24
Justice is undying.
2 Cor 8:7. 9. 13-15
Abound in works of charity.
Jesus heals Jairus' daughter.