Welcome back to We Wonder: Lent. Long ago, Jesus said to his friends, "Come: follow me." Now that we are in the second full week of Lent, we will keep following Jesus all the way through the gospel of Mark. Today we are reading the rest of Mark chapter 5. A young girl and an older woman both need healing, and we see that Jesus has the power to help them both.
Mark 5:21-43 (NIRV)
As soon as Jesus's boat lands on the side of the Sea of Galilee, a crowd gathers. I wonder why so many people were ready and waiting for Jesus? I wonder what they hoped to see, or to hear, when he came and walked among them?
Can I imagine myself in the crowd, gathering around as the synagogue leader is pushing his way through? How do I imagine Jairus' face, as he throws himself down in front of Jesus? What does his voice sound like to me when he begs Jesus to come and heal his daughter?
I wonder how Jairus felt, as the large crowd continued to push around Jesus while they walked to his house? Was he angry or impatient with all of these people who were slowing Jesus down? Was his heart beating fast with fear that they were not going quickly enough while his daughter was dying at home?
Now can I imagine being the woman who had been sick for twelve long years? How do I feel as I edge my way through the crowd, trying to get close to Jesus? Can I imagine reaching out my hand, just trying to catch a small corner of his clothes as he goes past?
I wonder why the woman was so afraid when Jesus stopped and began asking who had touched his clothes? I wonder what Jesus's face looked like, as he listened to her story? How does his voice sound to me when he says, "Dear woman, go in peace. You are free"?
During the time that Jesus was stopped, Jairus's daughter died. Can I imagine myself in Jairus's place? How do I respond when Jesus turns and says to me, "Don't be afraid. Just believe"?
Can I picture Jesus gently taking the dead girl by the hand, and kindly telling her to wake up? I wonder what her mother and father did as she opened her eyes and stood up?
We have heard Jesus tell stories about seeds that are buried in the ground waking up and blossoming into life. Now we have seen Jesus wake a young girl up into life out of death. I wonder what Jesus wants us to see about God's kingdom in these stories?
Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to ask God about right now?
Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to take with me and hold close?
Jesus of Nazareth, son of God: thank you that we have a book filled with your words and deeds. Give us the wisdom and understanding that comes from your Holy Spirit, so that we can know you better and follow you all the days of our lives. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.