Father Rodney Torbic

November 6 / 19, 2017

The Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 8:41-56

And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him. And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; pratrouble not the Master. But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat. And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done. (KJV)

We sin throughout the year and falling down before Christ in repentance is beneficial. Jairus fell down before Jesus for help. His focused on the Lord Jesus Christ. We do well to focus our attention on Christ with the same fervor.

We do well to seek Christ to be fully present in our hearts, minds and souls. When Christ is the complete focus of interest, all else will be in the proper perspective.

Jairusí concern was for his daughter. Her death was imminent. Daily earthly death draws closer for us. Daily life is best when Christ dominates our lives. We prepare best for death and live life to the fullest when we center our lives in Christ.

The present Gospel focuses on Jairus and his daughter but also on the woman with the longstanding issue of blood. The womanís condition existed for twelve years.

A New Testament professor once emphasized in a lecture the difficult conditions that Jesus would heal. The woman exhausted her funds on doctors. When she could not find help with physicians, the woman turned to Jesus.

Believers do well to turn to Jesus first in all circumstances. Too often individuals turn to Jesus as a last resort. Christians are taught at a young age before any undertaking, prayer is the first action to take.

Individuals turning to Jesus in faith experience amazing results. Patience and strong faith are necessary. Jesus does not disappoint those who come to Him. The womanís patience was evident as she had not given up after twelve years.

Jesus healed the womanís flow of blood. Jesus brought her twelve years of suffering to an end. The woman was freed from her condition by touching the border of Jesusí garment.

The healing of the woman in the Gospel deserves the attention of all suffering individuals. While Jesus may not heal a physical condition immediately, turning to Jesus in faith can bring spiritual relief.

Turning to Jesus in faith can change a personís perspective of suffering. When Jesus is central to a personís life, amazing things happen. The woman was freed of the twelve years of suffering. She was liberated by Christ.

Jesus gives life and power to individuals. The present Gospel documents the power flowing from Christ. The power that flowed in the present instance was a healing power.

Jairus received the saddest of news. His daughter was pronounced dead. It appeared too late for Jesus to do anything. Jairus had reason to give up hope that his daughterís life would be saved.

The news of her death was devastating. With the arrival of the news that his daughter was dead, the sad ending seemed to be complete. Individuals learning of the death of a loved one are saddened. There is always reason to hope in Christ.

Christ has power over death. Christ puts death in perspective. Christ provides peace for individuals dealing with a loved oneís death. Jesus would not countenance Jairus giving up hope.

Jesus would not countenance Jairus becoming depressed and yielding to the conclusion that his daughterís life had come to an end. Jesus encouraged Jairus to believe his daughter would be made well.

Jesus provides hope when there appears to be no reason to hope. Jesus is able to lift individuals from despair when they turn to Him in faith. Jesus is able to bridge the divide between death and life.

A whole new outlook on death and life can come about. When we look to Christ for our vision of life, we begin to see life and death in a different way. The more we turn to Christ, the more our vision improves.

Jairusí daughter responded to Jesus. Her life was restored and this was evidenced by Jesus asking for her to eat. Believers have their lives restored in Christ through repentance, confession and Holy Communion.

Believers have their lives restored by living in ways pleasing to Christ. Individuals seriously following Christís teachings and ways experience new life-creating results

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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