Feb 5 (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 the Divine Realm, it’s not just “hands up”….

… we also have “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 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 – dashing many dreams of the family

2. The woman with haemorrhage for long years – crushing many of her aspirations

Both these two persons – Jairus and the Woman with the haemorrhage 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 the feet of Jesus” in deep faith and trust…

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

They both “fell at the feet of Jesus” 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 marvellous presence and guidance

Are we ready to submit and surrender…

>> with “Hands up”

>> and “falling at the feet”

… to God’s mighty power…?

God Bless! Live Jesus!

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Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “ Although dear Lord, I have no feeling of confidence in Thee, I know all the same, that though art my God…

… that I am wholly Thine and that I have no hope but in Thy Goodness.

>> Therefore, I abandon myself entirely into Thy Hands!”

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