Tuesday 30 January 2018
Ven Mary Ward.
2 Samuel 18:9-10, 14, 24-25, 30 – 19:3. Psalm 85(86):1-6. Mark 5:21-43.
Listen, Lord, and answer me—Psalm 85(86):1-6.
‘Do not be afraid: only believe.’
The Latin phrase, Noli timere, ego sum, travels with me most days, especially when I am anxious – ‘Do not be afraid I am with you.’ My problems do not dissolve, but I am more at peace with my part in the difficulty. Jesus is a patient guide.
It takes courage to acknowledge the need for help, and we are moved by the approaches of the sick woman and Jairus, neither of whom were acquaintances of Jesus. He recognised his own healing power amidst the clutter of noise and the querulousness of the crowd.
Jesus’ perceptive love moved through the tumult and reached out to Jairus: ‘Do not be afraid: only believe.’ This was a holy, joyful moment for the family at this gentle restoring of life in their little child.
We ask Jesus to move alongside our families, guiding them to live full and generous lives.