Jesus feels the power go out of him

BY SR HILDEGARDE RYAN OSB

Sunday, July 1st, 2012,  is the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. 

Lectio:  The Gospel is Mark 5:21-43..

Meditatio:  Some background to the text which will help us respond. The Gospel is the account of two healing stories  Jairus is an official of the Jewish Synagogue. His daughter is dying.  On the way to heal Jairus’s daughter, Jesus feels POWER go out from him – it is healing power which goes to the woman who has had an issue of blood for twelve years – twelve long years of physical suffering – but worse than that, twelve long years of having to keep to herself (no social occasions) because she was known to be ritually unclean.  A woman with her period was ritually unclean.  This unclean-ness was the reason why, in the first place, she didn’t approach Jesus in public but rather came in behind him and touched the hem of his garment.  

As she touched the hem of his garment, the issue of blood dried up.  He felt the Divine Power going out to the woman.  The woman felt the blood stop.  When Jesus approaches the daughter of Jairus, the disciples he takes with him are Peter James and John.  These form the inner circle of the community of disciples.  They were with Jesus at the Transfiguration.  Jesus chooses them and the absolute immediate family before he raises the girl to life again.  He says simply:  Little girl, I tell you, get up.  We note the “I”.  He did not say:  “Little girl, get up.”  Anyone could give a command of that nature.  He said “I tell you, get up.”  This may take us in our minds, to John’s Gospel and the “I am” sayings:  I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.  I am the Light of the world.  I am the resurrection and the life.

After this miracle has occurred Jesus returns to a practical mode:  “Give her something to eat.”

Read the text again.  Two wonderful Gospel stories.  Ponder on them before making your response.  I share mine in Evangelizatio No. 1.

EVANGELIZATIO – my lived response to the texts given to me by the Church for my “formation”.  In responding to these texts I am listening with the ear of my heart, taking their riches into my life and changing all the time more and more into Christ.

My response is to sit quietly with Jesus, and ask Him to raise me up with the words “Talitha cum”.  Only Jesus can raise me to new life.  I am not a little girl any more,  but I am a daughter of God.  And I do need raising up from my wounds, especially the woundedness which cripples my spirit. Our woundedness can make us sick in body and spirit.  We all need healing.  Why not simply ask for it?  Let us listen to Jesus saying:  “I tell you to get up. I, who am Life, tell you to gt up and live.  I who am Bread, tell you to get up and eat of the Living Bread.  I who am truth, tell you to get up and begin seeking truth.  I who am the Way, tell you to get up and follow the Way of the Gospel.  I who am Light, tell you to get up and leave the darkness behind. 

Lectio Divina is a way of life, not a method of prayer.  It is about reading (and listening), reflecting, praying in tune with the Holy Spirit within me, resting in God, responding in the way I live, and continually pondering on the Scriptures.  The traditional Latin words for this way of prayer are:  Lectio, Meditatio, Oratio, Contemplatio, Evangelizatio and Ruminatio.  

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