June 28, 2015 - 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
Jairus and the woman couldn't be any more different. Jairus is an esteemed synagogue official. The woman is a nameless member of the crowd.
Jairus is wealthy and influential, accustomed to having others beg him for favors.The woman, on the other hand, has spent all of her savings on doctors who have only made her condition worse.
The man is ritually pure. The woman is ritually impure. She should not be approaching Jesus. She should not be touching Jesus.
Those who are ritually unclean are like lepers and are isolated from others.
While Jairus is ritually pure, he is a very public figure who also should probably not be throwing himself at Jesus's feet.
These two folks are from very different walks of life. But somehow they both understand the need to approach Jesus, whatever the cost.
The fact that Jairus comes and throws himself at Jesus' feet shows that he's just as desperate as the hemorrhaging woman.
Jairus' friends are an obstacle to Jesus. Don’t bother the teacher any longer. You are making a fool of yourself. Come home. The child is dead.
The crowd also proves to be an obstacle for the woman. And so, let me suggest to you that there are many forces at work in our modern world that act as obstacles, attempting to keep us from Jesus.
Jesus restores life to the woman. Jesus restores life to Jairus' daughter and, through through this healing of the child, Jesus restores life to Jairus himself.
Maybe there are some in our midst who can relate to the woman, chronically ill, never well, just less sick. Savings and resources exhausted, financially and emotionally drained.
Seek Jesus with all your heart and all your soul and all your remaining strength and, when you find him, throw yourself at his feet and grab the hem of his cloak.
Maybe there are some parents in our midst who are like Jairus. Maybe there is a sick child who desperately needs healing. Or maybe the child is an adult who has gone astray.
Seek Jesus with all your heart and all your soul and all your strength, and whenever you find him throw yourself at his feet and beg for your loved one.
Maybe there are some among us who can identify neither with the woman nor the official. We fall somewhere in between.
But I daresay each and everyone of us has some spot of sickness or disease that makes us impure, unclean.
We too desperately need to seek Jesus for healing. And when we find him, we need to throw ourselves at his feet and beg for mercy and forgiveness and healing and strength.
The poor unnamed woman, who sought the Lord, found healing. Jairus, the wealthy and influential synagogue official, who sought the Lord, found healing for his daughter. And in finding healing for his daughter, he found healing for himself.
If the gospel writer wanted to include us in the story, what exactly would he have to say about us?