Mk 5: 21-24, 35-43 -spanish Mc 5, 21-24. 35-43

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.”

So he went with him. And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on  him. While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”

He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him.

Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Hoping in Jesus’ healing power

If a person were to only look at the news, then it would seem that there is little hope in our world, and with every bit of hope comes caveats. We can almost use these bits of despair as a way to protect ourselves from being let down from our failed hopes. It is so easy for us to respond to Jesus today saying that he is being ridiculous, that the little girl is obviously dead and he should move on from helping us. Yet, Jesus continues to call us to a deeper hope and trust and heals the girl. We do hope that Jesus will heal our ailments, but we also know that even if he doesn’t, that he loves us in our weakness and will give us a life of joy in an eternity of love. That is a hope that we can always cling to.

—Alex Hale, SJ, is a Jesuit scholastic from the Midwest Province studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.



Oh God, give me the grace to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. Above all, give me the love to care for your people and the hope to trust that you will hold us all in that love. Amen.

—Adaptation of the serenity prayer by Alex Hale, SJ