Sunday, June 28, 2015

“Little girl, get up” "Talitha koum," Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 5:21-43.

Book of Wisdom 1:13-15.2:23-24. 
Because God did not make death, nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living.
For he fashioned all things that they might have being; and the creatures of the world are wholesome, And there is not a destructive drug among them nor any domain of the nether world on earth,
For justice is undying.
For God formed man to be imperishable; the image of his own nature he made him.
But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world, and they who are in his possession experience it.

Psalms 30(29):2.4.5-6.11.12a.13b.
I will extol you, O LORD, for you drew me clear
and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O LORD, you brought me up from the nether world;
you preserved me from among those going down into the pit.

Sing praise to the LORD, you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger lasts but a moment;
a lifetime, his good will.
At nightfall, weeping enters in,
but with the dawn, rejoicing.

“Hear, O LORD, and have pity on me;
O LORD, be my helper.”
You changed my mourning into dancing;
O LORD, my God, forever will I give you thanks.

Second Letter to the Corinthians 8:7.9.13-15. 
Brothers and sisters: as you excel in every respect, in faith, discourse, knowledge, all earnestness, and in the love we have for you, may you excel in this gracious act also.
For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for your sake he became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich.
not that others should have relief while you are burdened, but that as a matter of equality
your surplus at the present time should supply their needs, so that their surplus may also supply your needs, that there may be equality.
As it is written: "Whoever had much did not have more, and whoever had little did not have less."

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 5:21-43.
When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea.
One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward. Seeing him he fell at his feet
and pleaded earnestly with him, saying, "My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live."
He went off with him, and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him.
There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.
She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had spent all that she had. Yet she was not helped but only grew worse.
She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak.
She said, "If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured."
Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.
Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who has touched my clothes?"
But his disciples said to him, "You see how the crowd is pressing upon you, and yet you ask, 'Who touched me?'"
And he looked around to see who had done it.
The woman, realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth.
He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction."
While he was still speaking, people from the synagogue official's house arrived and said, "Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?"
Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus said to the synagogue official, "Do not be afraid; just have faith."
He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.
When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official, he caught sight of a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly.
So he went in and said to them, "Why this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep."
And they ridiculed him. Then he put them all out. He took along the child's father and mother and those who were with him and entered the room where the child was.
He took the child by the hand and said to her, "Talitha koum," which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise!"
The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around. (At that) they were utterly astounded.
He gave strict orders that no one should know this and said that she should be given something to eat.

“Little girl, get up”

“You will not abandon my soul to the nether world.” (Ps 16:10) This word of Scripture is fulfilled in Jesus by the fact that he rose on the third day, before decomposition began. Jesus’ new death led to the tomb, but not to corruption. It is the death of death… This triumph over the power of death precisely where death seems irrevocable is a very important point in biblical testimony…: the power of God, who respects his creation, is not tied to the law of creation’s death.

Certainly, death is the fundamental form of the world as it is at present. But today as always, human beings aspire and seek to triumph over death, its real and not just thought suppression. The resurrection of Jesus tells us that this triumph is really possible, that neither in its origin nor in an irreversible way was death part of the structure of what was created, of matter… In addition, it tells us that the triumph over the limitations of death is impossible to attain by means of perfected clinical methods. This triumph exists only because of the creative power of the Word of God and of Love. Only these powers are strong enough to change the structure of matter in such a radical way that the barriers of death become surmountable…

Faith in the resurrection is a profession of faith in God’s real existence and a profession of faith in God’s creation, in the unconditional “yes” that characterizes God’s relationship to creation and to matter… This is what allows us to sing the Easter Halleluia in the midst of a world over which hangs the threatening shadow of death.

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