Sunday 30th of June

“Little girl, I tell you to get up.”

Mark 5:21-43

Today, our reading picks up where we finished last Sunday’s gospel. In our reading today, Jesus had just reached the other side of the lakeand was surrounded by a large and needy crowd. Perhaps in our prayer today, we might picture ourselves among the crowd. What needs do we have? What would we like Jesus to do or heal for us? Standing next to us in the crowd is a synagogue official named Jairus, who had a desperate need. His child is gravely ill.

So he comes to Jesus, falls at Jesus’s feet, and pleads with him, “Saying my little daughter is desperately sick. Do come and lay your hands on her to make her better and save her life.” As you hear these words, what strikes you? Perhaps what is most striking about this man’s plea is his faith before Jesus—the faith and confidence he shows in Jesus’ ability to work this miracle.

When we approach Jesus with our Requests, do we do so with the unwavering faith that Jairus displayed? Do we truly believe that Jesus can do what we ask of Him? Today, let us pray, ‘Lord, increase my faith. Grant me the faith of Jairus, to believe that nothing is impossible for you. Give me a humble heart to approach you with confidence.’

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