Jairus’ Daughter and a Woman’s Faith

Father Girardey relates an eighth narrative. This one concerns Jairus’ Daughter and a Woman’s Faith (Mt 9:18-25; Mk 5:22-43; Lk 8:41-56): “There cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, named Jairus, and seeing Jesus, he falleth down at His feet, and besought Him much, saying: My daughter is at the point of death; come, lay Thy hand upon her, that she may be safe and may live. And Jesus went with him. . . . And a woman who was under an issue of blood twelve years, . . . when she had heard of Jesus, she came in the crowd behind Him and touched His garment, for she said: If I shall touch but His garment, I shall be whole (cured). And forthwith the fountain of her blood was dried up. . . . Jesus, knowing in Himself the virtue that had proceeded from Him, turning to the multitude, said: Who hath touched My garments? . . . The woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before Him, and told Him all the truth. And He said to her: Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. . . . While He was yet speaking, some came from the house of the ruler of the synagogue, saying: Thy daughter is dead; why dost thou trouble the Master any further? But Jesus, having heard the word that was spoken, saith to the ruler of the synagogue: Fear not, believe only, and she shall be safe. . . . And they laughed Him to scorn. . . . And taking the damsel by the hand, He said to her: Talitha cumi, which means: damsel, (I say to thee) arise. And immediately the damsel rose up and walked.”

Father Girardey remarks that Jairus’ dread of his daughter’s approaching death was “the greatest blessing for him, for it humbled and brought him to the feet of Jesus, and caused him to place all confidence in Jesus, as his only hope. In like manner, how often are not the things we call misfortunes real blessings, which remove us from the occasions of sin, show us the vanity of all that is earthly and induce us to seek real happiness in the service of God?”

“How did Jesus receive Jairus? With the greatest kindness and He at once betook Himself on the way with Jairus to his house. In like manner, Jesus is ever ready to receive with the greatest kindness and love every sinner that comes to Him.”

The suffering woman who sought after Jesus was “full of faith and confidence in His power, and anxious to be cured. . . . Her faith and confidence were at once rewarded. But Jesus demanded of her something more, something that would cost her much and give glory to God and edification to the neighbor. Hence He asked, who had touched Him. . . . The poor woman trembling and ashamed prostrated herself before Him, and humbly acknowledged her disease, a disease held in abhorrence. . . . The humility, confidence and gratitude of this woman are well worthy of our imitation.”

As Jesus continued on the way to the house of Jairus, “a messenger came to tell Jairus that his daughter had just died, and that it was of no use to bring Jesus to his house. But Jesus encouraged him to keep up his hope of her cure. . . . He at once raised her to life.”

Quotations from Ferreol Girardey, Prayer: Its Necessity, Its Power, Its Conditions (St. Louis: B. Herder, 1916).

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