Mark 5:21-24, 35-43
When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea. One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward. Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying, “My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live.” He went off with him, and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him. While he was still speaking, people from the synagogue official’s house arrived and said, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?” Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official, he caught sight of a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. So he went in and said to them, “Why this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep.” And they ridiculed him. Then he put them all out. He took along the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and entered the room where the child was. He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!” The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around. At that they were utterly astounded. He gave strict orders that no one should know this and said that she should be given something to eat.
Talitha koum is translated “Little girl, I say to you, arise!” While awaiting patiently as you read this Scripture for Jesus to raise this young girl from the dead, I am astounded by Jesus’ simple reassurance to the distraught Father. He simply tells Him, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” Imagine one of your children or a good Friend or other Family Member’s child laying at the door of death. Imagine the hysteria…you can hear and feel your heartbeat with each and every step in anxious trepidation as you walk back to the scene during what seems to take an Eternity. And, the entire time you are desperate to bring Help to your Child. Doesn’t that really describe each one of us all of the time? We are desperate to be Saved by our Father; desperate to be loved and surrounded by the warmth that only God can truly provide. In the anxiety of our lives, too often, we listen to the lies of the devil and get so far away from the boat that we lose sight of it and can feel lost at sea. Our Heavenly Father is always reminding us that He’s right there with us. He’s always with us and, by the blood of Jesus Christ, we are with Him today in the Heavenlies as Saints on earth with a promise and inheritance that nobody and no lie(s) can ever take away from us. We are sanctified by the Cross of Christ. Jesus’ “Talitha koum” here in this Gospel is calling to each one of us today. As little Children in Faith in Christ, we must always remember to “arise” each and every day. While many of us are now grown-ups, the little Children we entered the world as are always there as a foundation to who we are and will always be in Christ. God is always calling to each and everyone one of us on a daily basis. To answer His call is to truly see the face of God.