Saturday, June 23, 2018

6th after pentecost year b - mark

Mark 5:21-43
21When Jesus had crossed again in the boat
    to the other side,
         a great crowd gathered around him;
         and he was by the sea.
    22Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came
         and, when he saw Jesus,
              fell at his feet
              23and 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.”

24So Jesus went with him.
And a large crowd followed Jesus and pressed in.
    25Now there was a woman
         who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years.
         26She had endured much under many physicians,
              and had spent all that she had;
                   and she was no better,
                        but rather grew worse.
         27She had heard about Jesus,
              and came up behind him in the crowd
              and touched his cloak,
                   28for she said,
                        “If I but touch his clothes,
                             I will be made well.”
              29Immediately her hemorrhage stopped;
                   and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.
              30Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him,
                   Jesus turned about in the crowd and said,
                        “Who touched my clothes?”
                   31And his disciples said to him,
                        “You see the crowd pressing in on you;
                             how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’”
              32Jesus looked all around to see who had done it.
              33But the woman,
                   knowing what had happened to her,
                        came in fear and trembling,
                        fell down before him,
                        and told him the whole truth.
              34Jesus said to her,
                   “Daughter, your faith has made you well;
                        go in peace,
                        and be healed of your disease.”

35While Jesus was still speaking,
    some people came from the leader’s house to say,
         “Your daughter is dead.
              Why trouble the teacher any further?”
    36But overhearing what they said,
         Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue,
              “Do not fear,
                   only believe.”
37Jesus allowed no one to follow him
    except Peter, James, and John,
         the brother of James.
    38When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue,
         Jesus saw a commotion,
              people weeping and wailing loudly.
    39When he had entered,
         Jesus said to them,
              “Why do you make a commotion and weep?
                   The child is not dead but sleeping.”
         40And they laughed at him.
              Then Jesus put them all outside,
              and took the child’s parents and those who were with him,
                   and went in where the child was.
              41Jesus took her by the hand and said to her,
                   “Talitha cum,”
                        which means, “Little girl, get up!”
         42And immediately the girl got up
              and began to walk about
                   (she was twelve years of age).
              At this they were overcome with amazement.
43Jesus strictly ordered them that no one should know this,
    and told them to give her something to eat.

Queeries for the text:
What does it take for powerful people to beg?
How much does intention matter in power and healing?
What is the connection between desperation and faith?
When Jesus says "be healed of your disease" is he mansplaining to the woman who already knows in her body she is healed?
What is the connection between fear and belief?
What is the connection between laughter and disbelief?
Why did Mark include the Aramaic here?
Is food and eating part of the healing?

What are your queeries?

This week I preached a sermon based on this text.

This is the visual I used for the sermon.

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