This Sunday’s readings speak about the God of life, who didn’t make death. He wants all people to experience fullness of life and emphasizes that He didn’t create death, but that the devil brought death to the world. The root of all fear is death. Every anxiety, worry, indecisiveness is anchored on fear. This instinct for fear though has an upside to it; it gives us the ability to avoid untimely death. However, it can also lead us to greed and afraid to share resources to a neighbor in need. We are fearful because we think death is the end. However, death is not the finish line, it is just the beginning of eternity.
Whatever endangers life doesn’t come from Him but from people’s sin and wrongdoing.
In the Gospel, Jesus affirms He is the God of life. He healed a woman afflicted with hemorrhage for twelve years. 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.
All of us are still a work in progress. God intends us to live and fulfill our mission and purpose. Meaning: God will heal our diseases and ailments, and prevent untimely death to claim its victim. Just like the woman with affliction and the dead daughter of Jairus. Every time we encounter difficulties, we shouldn’t feel so bad and give up. The Master Potter is still at work, ensuring that we become stronger and sustain our life, so that we may also give life to others. Let us ask Jesus to give us the strength to approach difficulties with the joy of a saint, always looking at the future side of things: winning the ultimate pearl of great price.