In the Name of Jesus

 

Jesus heals two women, one well into her life with serious feminine problems, the other, a little girl just at the beginning of her maturity. In the Firestarter for the previous Friday, we focused on the woman; today, consider the girl. Mark gives us Jesus’ exact words in Aramaic, “Talitha, cum”: “Little girl, I say to you, get up.”

You have been given the Holy Spirit in full measure; may full be the measure of your acceptance of this Spirit. Today consider the women in your life, from young to old, for whom the Lord would have you intercede. Use the words of Jesus given to you here to have them arise in fullness of resurrected life through the power given to you in Jesus’ name.

Mark 5:21-43

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer from today’s reading:
“Do not fear; only believe.” v. 36
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the fifth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.
We are reading from the Gospel of Mark until the First Sunday in Advent.

Calendar for 2018: “God’s Year of Grace”

Beginning Sunday, July 8th, the Firestarters from the new edition of
The Bible Through the Seasons
for families will be posted daily. 

2 thoughts on “In the Name of Jesus

  1. Jairus comes in faith, certain that Jesus’ touch will heal his daughter. When all seems lost, when others around are wailing and mourning Jairus keeps his faith. Jesus doesn’t say that he should believe again or chastise him for fear and doubt. No, Jesus comforts him, speaks words to strengthen him and says to keep trusting. Yes, that’s right, keep trusting. “Keep” indicates a continuation, not resumption of faith. Many of us face times when things seem hopeless, when other people tell us things are hopeless, but that peace that passes understanding fills our souls. That is the Holy Spirit speaking words to comfort and strengthen us. Keep believing, keep trustin. Jesus is with us. His touch will heal .us.

    “Talitha cum.” I love the sound of those words. I know they are Aramaic, but I hear them in English. “Little girl, wake up.” No, that is not an accurate translation, but Jesus has said that she was sleeping. What did she hear? Did she hear “little girl” or did she hear Jesus call her by name? Do you have a memory of being awakened by a gentle voice, by the quiet voice of someone who loves you calling you by name? Even if you don’t have a human memory of this, all you have to do is listen. The voice of Jesus is calling you quietly, calling you to wake up to life with him.

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