Jairus approaches Jesus with the desperation and intensity of any parent whose child has hovered near death. Slowed by the large crowd and by a woman’s need for healing, Jesus is delayed in departing and hears the news no parent is prepared to accept: “Your daughter is dead.”
Undaunted, Jesus insists on seeing the deceased young girl. He ushers Jairus and his wife into the child’s room, restores their daughter to life and then thoughtfully asks for a meal to be brought to her. In the moments following her rising, Jesus suspects she may be hungry. May our hearts today be moved with the same compassion for needs both large and small.
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