Faith and Positive Prayers


Mark 5: 21-43
2Sm 18:9-10,14b,24-25a,30-19:3/ Ps 86

“Do not be afraid; just have faith.”
(Mark 5:36)

A little faith can gain so much
Once we give in to plans divine,
And from our pain His healing touch
Will transform us to God’s design.

When Jesus crossed again to the other side of the lake, a large crowd was waiting for Him. Among them was Jairus, a synagogue official. Falling at Jesus’ feet, He begged Him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” So Jesus went with him. A woman, who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years was also waiting for Jesus. She believed that “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Touching the hem of Jesus’ garment as He passed, her bleeding stopped and she felt that she was freed from her suffering. Sensing that power had gone out from Him, Jesus turned to the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” His disciples answered, “You see the people crowding about you, and you ask, ‘Who touched me?” Then the woman, trembling with fear, came and falling at His feet, told Him the truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher any further?” Ignoring what they said, Jesus told him, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John. When they came to the home of Jairus, people were crying and wailing loudly. He said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at Him. After He put them all out, He took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with Him, and went in where the child was. Taking her by the hand He said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!” ). Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this and told them to give her something to eat.

Reflection

It was Billy Graham who put it so clearly when he said, “I couldn’t preach with power nor lead anyone to Christ if it were not for the positive prayers for the blessing of God by thousands of believing people.” Jairus and the woman with a hemorrhage had that kind of “positive prayer” and faith which led to healing. Jesus took with Him Peter, James and John because He needed only those with strong faith to accompany

Him in bringing Jairus’ daughter back to life. He needed them to counter the lack of faith that He found in the bearers of the bad news and in the mourners in Jairus’ house. He also needed the father to be steadfast in believing that his daughter would be healed in the same way that the woman with an incurable disease had believed. In another occasion, Jesus would tell the two blind men who believed that He could heal them, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” (Mt.9:29) In contrast, He could not work many miracles in His own hometown of Nazareth, “apart from curing a few sick people by laying His hands on them” due to their lack of faith (Mk.6:5-6).

Today’s Gospel passage of Mark teaches us to put our total faith in Jesus when we come to Him in prayer for our needs. Let not a sliver of doubt distract us from the fact that our Lord of Divine Mercy answers all the prayers of His devoted children. He has said that when we pray we must believe that we have received the answer to our prayer already, because more than satisfying our needs He wants a strong faith.

Thank You, Father for making us see that the purpose of Your miracles is not only to show us Your compassion, but also to increase our faith. Amen.

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