Jan 30 (Mk 5:21-43)

“Hands up” is a sign of surrender and submission.

When the police catches a thief, “hands up” is the word used to indicate giving up…

>> When a militant admits defeat, “hands up” is a sign of submitting.

The weak one, in the face of the stronger one, has “hands up” in surrender…

>> The fragile ones, before the mighty ones, have “hands up” in submission….

But in Divine Realms, it’s not just “hands up”….

… it’s also “falling at the feet”

>> Before the Divine power, “falling of the feet” is a still greater sign of submission

The Gospel of the Day recounts two incidents of this encounter with the Divine…

… and a “falling at the feet”

Sicknesses and diseases are sometimes, great interrupters in life!

>> They enter into the “house of life”, without knocking at the doors…

… they disrupt many plans and aspirations

… they reduce the hope for the future

The Gospel is a narration of two persons who encountered this interruption in life…

1. Jairus’ daughter on the death bed would have dashed many hopes of their family

2. The long suffering of the woman with hemorrhage would have crushed her aspirations

Both these two persons – Jairus and the Woman with the hemorrhage – underwent similar struggles….

One had tremendous mental agony as a result of worry for his beloved child…

>> The other had also tremendous physical agony along with her mental and social stigmas…

Both their sufferings had reached a saturation point of tolerance…

>> Both of them were struggling immensely to swim across the ocean of agony and pain…

But both these persons also displayed a similar sort of faith in the Lord….

” Seeing Jesus, Jairus fell at His feet and pleaded earnestly with Him…” ( Mk 5:22)

“…realizing what had happened to her, the woman approached Jesus in fear and trembling; fell down before Jesus and told Him the whole truth” (Mk 5: 33)

They both “fell at Jesus feet” in deep faith and trust…

They both “fell at Jesus feet” with much love and devotion…

They both “fell at Jesus feet” with great expectations and hopes…

The “falling at the feet” was a sign of total submission and surrender

Jairus surrendered himself to the power and mercy of the Lord…

>> The woman with haemorrhage submitted herself to the compassion and love of the Lord…

This made them to experience the power of the Lord.

When we submit ourselves to the mighty power and providence of God…

…we experience His Divine Strength and Courage

When we offer ourselves fully to the holy and precious Will of the Lord…

… we come in contact with His Divine Providence and Wonder

When we surrender ourselves to the dominion and sovereignty of God…

… we encounter His marvelous presence and guidance

Both – Jairus and the woman – experienced a helplessness and hopelessness, that went beyond reason!

>> Tragedy stared at their faces, hard and strong!

But, despite this hard situation…

… they allowed, the “faith in their hearts” to override the problem!

>> And this “faith in their hearts” was translated into “falling at the feet”

This is something, that we too ought to remember and imitate: Allowing the “faith in the heart” to be translated to “falling at the feet” of the Lord!

>> When things don’t seem to be going on fine in life…

… lets still allow the “simple faith within” to worship the Lord!

>> When people around us, don’t seem to be too understanding and nice…

… lets still allow the “flame of hope within” to praise God!

And such simple acts of allowing the “faith in the heart” to be translated to “falling at the feet” of the Lord…

… become occasions of healing and transformation for us!

Yes,

>> May we use our hands to surrender ourselves to the power of the Lord!

>> May we offer to fall at the feet of the Lord in humble submission to the Lord!

Are we ready to submit and surrender to God’s mighty power?

“Hands up”?

God Bless! Live Jesus!

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