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Lectionary Reflection

Year B, Proper 8
Episcopal (Standard) Lectionary – Revised Common Lectionary

Mark 5: 22-24, 35b-43 [Episcopal (Standard) Lectionary]
Mark 5: 21-43
[Revised Common Lectionary]

[Start RCL reading] When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered round him; and he was by the lake. [Start Standard Lectionary reading] 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.[break Standard Lectionary reading]

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, [Restart Standard Lectionary] 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.
[End both readings]

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.

Reflection on Mark 5: 22-24, 35b-43 [Episcopal (Standard) Lectionary]
and Mark 5: 21-43 [Revised Common Lectionary]
by the Rev Roger W. Weaver

Jesus of Nazareth in the resurrection continually takes the life choices. There is in the 20th Century novel the idea that humans are born, they breathe, they suffer, and they die. That was our realistic commentary on life. And what Jesus of Nazareth and the resurrection story have to say is that humans are born, they breathe, and they die and out of them new life comes, yes, new life comes!! Life choices: resurrection!

Perhaps most important aspect from this Gospel is the demonstration of compassion. I saw this on the highway coming home from Cass Lake Camp last Thursday. We were on the road about 7 in the evening on Highway 2 West of Deer River flat out and straight. Cruising along, bleary-eyed. You know how the horizons are, you can see the traffic coming and going for a long way. Then, on the horizon, on the road were these kind stick figures just shadows silhouetted against the horizon. I initially thought they were crows and as we came zooming up on them and swing over into the other lane to avoid them I they are see are Great Northern Geese: a mother and her chicks, standing on half of the roadway. They are standing there and looking towards the center line where there was a corpse of one of them that had been hit by a car. And they are just standing there. The cars are whizzing by and around them. The pathos of that scene was enormous. We drove around them and a few feet down the road, the white car in front of us suddenly puts on the brakes and makes a U-turn and heads right on back to get those geese off the highway. Compassion. Concern for those ducklings and the mother. To help them move. A Life choice. Identifying with someone else another people another culture. I find that through Jesus of Nazareth all the time. And I find that compelling.

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The Rev Roger Weaver is a retired Episcopal priest whose last congregations, the East Range Episcopal Congregations, are located on the Iron Range and cover most of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. This is an excerpt from a sermon he gave on June 29, 1997 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Virginia, MN. He and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Roger Weaver or any other MEESC member, or mail them to:

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