Tuesday, 5th February, 2019
1st reading: Hebrews 12:1-4, Psalm 22
Gospel: Mark 5:21-43
Mark 5:35 While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, your daughter is dead: why trouble the Master any further?
In many single-player mobile or online games, there are features that enable one to pause, stop and sometimes, to skip or revisit a scene when their own performance is not satisfactory. But when one reads the words: ‘Game Over’ or ‘current game play ended’, then all those options appear to fade away.
Just like ‘checkmate’ in chess means this is where the game ends since no other moves are possible to protect the king, death clearly was the end in the eyes of the people mentioned in the Gospel. As we read, as soon as the girl passed on, Jarius was encouraged not to trouble Jesus any further. Not that those who sent this information through wanted to discourage him because the reality is they were only stating the facts.
But we see Jesus, who upon hearing those words said to Jairus: ‘Be not afraid, only believe’. Now, that is where questions emerge: Did Jesus mean up until that moment Jairus did not believe? That doesn’t seem to be the case because the very fact that Jairus dared to approach Jesus, suggested that he believed.
The appropriate question therefore would be: ‘what manner of belief was Jesus calling Jairus to?’ When everyone saw the end, Jesus wasn’t even moved and invited Jairus to believe and not be afraid. That was Jesus speaking in the present continuous tense: ‘keep on believing’. On this journey with Him, we are charged to look at every situation through his eyes and to see as He does. Then we will keep on believing.