Year B, Proper 8
Episcopal (Standard) Lectionary Revised
Mark 5: 22-24, 35b-43
[Episcopal (Standard) Lectionary]
Mark 5: 21-43 [Revised Common Lectionary]
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]
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.
he was still speaking, [Restart Standard Lectionary]
some people came from the leaders 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 childs 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]
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.
on Mark 5: 22-24, 35b-43
[Episcopal (Standard) Lectionary]
and Mark 5: 21-43 [Revised
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!
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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