Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel….Tuesday 5 February 2019
How many people are in the world like “the daughter of Jairus “, children in trouble, haemorrhaging women , people laying paralysed since long decades in today’s world as well, who say it crying :” I have no-one to stand by my side , who would help, who would take care of me .”In the past days I visited a lonely elderly, woman, who lost of leg due to circulatory problems . This elderly woman worked in a hospital for many long years , she has a small unit on the outskirt of the town , some pension as well , but she has no-one to help. Someone should go and do the shopping , fix up outstanding bills , to clean the place , and always for every task she has to ask someone . Unfortunately there are many such elderly people men and women. The way I see the tendency to accept the gift of children , there will be many more such lonely people .
The fabric of our society that was holding it together has weakened a lot . Because base on imagined , or real grievances we turn our backs on others incredibly easily , let go of one another’s hands . Many of our children in difficult situations have relatives, parents , but even most of the lonely elderly people have relatives , close family members . Jesus Christ bends down to a total stranger , putting everything aside and sets out to Jairus’ place , to help a suffering child , He also addresses the sick woman even in the large crowd .
How good it would be if we would also transform in the image and likeness of Jesus Christ !! On this day lets pray , that the beautiful features of Jesus hurrying to the sick child, bending down to the sufferer may also shine on our faces as well . May God grant us that first and foremost we take care and nurse our blood relatives , but following the example of Jesus we also will be able to turn to the strangers as well with merciful charity .
With the devotion of a lesser brother ,
translated by dr k.e.
Picture : Be the Saint Christopher of the XXI century .
The Word of God
When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered round him; and he was by the lake. Then 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.’ So he went with him.
And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, ‘If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.’ Immediately her haemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched my clothes?’ And his disciples said to him, ‘You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, “Who touched me?” ’ He looked all round to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.’
While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, ‘Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?’ But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, ‘Do not fear, only believe.’ He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, ‘Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.’ And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, ‘Talitha cum’, which means, ‘Little girl, get up!’ And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.