September 15, 2019
Scripture: Mark 5:41-43
Jesus took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
Thought for the Day: Once again, we have an example of the Messianic Secret in Mark’s Gospel. This is, perhaps, my favorite example because Jesus ordered them to keep what happened to themselves, but then he explicitly says, “Give her something to eat.” It’s as if the miracle isn’t quite complete. Don’t get too excited; don’t start your dancing yet; don’t leave behind this girl as you rush to share the news with others. First, take care of her. In fact, taking care of her might be the better proclamation of the Gospel of love. We can be so taken by certain WOW moments that we miss the very basic need that is right before us. I can almost hear Jesus saying, “Take your eyes off the glittery sparkling thing and take note of the one standing before you who needs your attention.”
Prayer: I can be easily distracted, and so I seek your assistance in trying to see what you, O Lord, believe to be important. Guide my attention and energy to those who could use some attention and care. Amen.
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