Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman
21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. 30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” 36 Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” 37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.
This is one of those occasions when we have a story within a story. Mark starts telling the story of Jairus coming to tell him about his sick daughter. As Jesus is coming to heal her, he comes upon the woman who no one had been able to heal. He heals her and then goes to Jairus’ house and heals his daughter.
We have in this lesson one wonderful story of healing within another.
I have, at times, told a story within a story. I have started another story within one I was telling someone or a group of people and have sometimes lost myself enough in the second story that I have forgotten the first story. Sometimes I am prompted by who I am speaking with.
The miracles were not easily forgotten nor the context in the mind of the writer.
I want to focus on the last verse for a few moments. Jesus tells those gathered not to talk about what just happened. Have you ever heard or experienced something wonderful and been told not to talk about it? Are you one that can follow the instructions to not speak about it or are you, like me, who on some occasions, finds it very difficult or impossible not to tell?
Gracious and ever-present God,
We experience in so many different ways the wonders of your love and grace. Some of these are times when you are speaking to us individually as to what to our needs are at that time or what we need to do or say. At other times you reveal yourself to a group or community. The day spoken about in our lesson today, you did not speak once. You spoke through the two miracles and in the words of your Son to your people. May we know the occasions you speak to us and rejoice in them and follow your calling, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.