The Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
Readings: 2 Samuel 1:1 & 17-24; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43
This Sunday we will hear the account of Jesus’ double healing of Jairus’ daughter and a woman who had been sick for twelve years. These stories are woven together in circumstance but also by themes of healing, touch, and faith. There are also stark contrasts to be found here.
Jairus and his daughter are people of status and position. He is both named and known. The ‘woman’ is unnamed and unknown. Jairus tells his story boldly and openly. The bleeding woman shares her’s reluctantly. Jairus’ daughter is mourned. The woman’s suffering is, initially, unrecognised.
Yet despite these stark differences Jesus moves effortlessly – and publicly – between these two crises. Circumstances differ. The need for – and offer of – Jesus healing touch is the same. Both – in their own way – ‘believe’ enough to approach Jesus. Perhaps that is the take-home message here: Come to Jesus as you are. After all, that is the only possibility.
We will combine this Sunday morning with the Tongan Methodist community at St Barnabas for Holy Communion from 9:00am. Holy Communion will also be offered at St Michael and All Angles, Hall from 11:00am. All are welcome!