Monday, July 4, 2016

Miracle of Jairus’ Daughter

BEADS OF JOY 07-04-16
“Miracle of Jairus’ Daughter”
©2016 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

 My Friends,

Today’s Gospel: Matt. 9:18-26 (Miracle of Jairus’ Daughter)
“While he was thus speaking to them, behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him, saying, "My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live." And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples. And behold, a woman who had suffered from a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment; for she said to herself, "If I only touch his garment, I shall be made well." Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, "Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well." And instantly the woman was made well. And when Jesus came to the ruler's house, and saw the flute players, and the crowd making a tumult, he said, "Depart; for the girl is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. And the report of this went through all that district.”

They (the crowd) laughed at him (Jesus).” Why is it we only see death as death with little or no understanding of the things of God. Jesus simply took her by the hand and the girl arose. All things are possible with God. This girl’s father sought out Jesus to come and heal her. His faith was very strong, his conviction and witness spoke volumes in his very words: “My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live." Jairus knew by his own witness and faith of the healing touch of Jesus. Even death did not discourage this man; his daughter was not dying she was already dead, yet even in the depths of such heart-wrenching sorrow, he went out and found Jesus.

In our life’s most horrific circumstances do we focus on own faith first and then seek out Jesus even in the shadows of even death? We can learn so much from today’s gospel and even though my title doesn’t include the woman thinking to herself with the hemorrhage, "If I only touch his garment, I shall be made well." If we can only have a mere fraction of the faith that has been shared here in today’s gospel he’d live a much richer life in our faith. It took great courage for Jairus a ruler to kneel before Jesus and ask of something from Him.

But consider this, the miracle of Jairus’ daughter was the perfect combination: This man’s love for His daughter combined with this man’s believing faith in the healing power of Jesus gave him the strength he needed to do what he did in humility before all to honor Jesus and to show his great love for his daughter. Than simply add that to all that Jesus does is always for His love of others and there you have a joyful, exciting incredible miracle.

We must always bend our knee in reverence before Jesus and know that no man/woman is so grand and so proud and so spectacular; that the simply humility of a person is greater. We must be trusting and humble before the Lord always. Pride is a poison in our faith, it must be discarded from our lives.


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Your brother in Christ Jesus 
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS