First reading Hebrews 12:1-4

We should keep running steadily in the race we have started

With so many witnesses in a great cloud on every side of us, we too, then, should throw off everything that hinders us, especially the sin that clings so easily, and keep running steadily in the race we have started. Let us not lose sight of Jesus, who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection: for the sake of the joy which was still in the future, he endured the cross, disregarding the shamefulness of it, and from now on has taken his place at the right of God’s throne. Think of the way he stood such opposition from sinners and then you will not give up for want of courage. In the fight against sin, you have not yet had to keep fighting to the point of death.
 

Responsorial Psalm 21(22):26-28,30-32

They shall praise you, Lord, those who seek you.
 
My vows I will pay before those who fear him.
  The poor shall eat and shall have their fill.
They shall praise the Lord, those who seek him.
  May their hearts live for ever and ever!
 
All the earth shall remember and return to the Lord,
  all families of the nations worship before him;
They shall worship him, all the mighty of the earth;
  before him shall bow all who go down to the dust.
 
And my soul shall live for him, my children serve him.
  They shall tell of the Lord to generations yet to come,
declare his faithfulness to peoples yet unborn:
  ‘These things the Lord has done.’
 

Gospel Mark 5:21-43 

Little girl, I tell you to get up

When Jesus had crossed in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered round him and he stayed by the lakeside. Then one of the synagogue officials came up, Jairus by name, and seeing him, fell at his feet and pleaded with him earnestly, saying, ‘My little daughter is desperately sick. Do come and lay your hands on her to make her better and save her life.’ Jesus went with him and a large crowd followed him; they were pressing all round him.
  Now there was a woman who had suffered from a haemorrhage for twelve years; after long and painful treatment under various doctors, she spent all she had without being any the better for it, in fact, she was getting worse. She had heard about Jesus, and she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his cloak. ‘If I can touch even his clothes,’ she had told herself ‘I shall be well again.’ And the source of the bleeding dried up instantly, and she felt in herself that she was cured of her complaint. Immediately aware that power had gone out from him, Jesus turned round in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched my clothes?’ His disciples said to him, ‘You see how the crowd is pressing round you and yet you say, “Who touched me?”’ But he continued to look all round to see who had done it. Then the woman came forward, frightened and trembling because she knew what had happened to her, and she fell at his feet and told him the whole truth. ‘My daughter,’ he said ‘your faith has restored you to health; go in peace and be free from your complaint.’
  While he was still speaking some people arrived from the house of the synagogue official to say, ‘Your daughter is dead: why put the Master to any further trouble?’ But Jesus had overheard this remark of theirs and he said to the official, ‘Do not be afraid; only have faith.’ And he allowed no one to go with him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. So they came to the official’s house and Jesus noticed all the commotion, with people weeping and wailing unrestrainedly. He went in and said to them, ‘Why all this commotion and crying? The child is not dead, but asleep.’ But they laughed at him. So he turned them all out and, taking with him the child’s father and mother and his own companions, he went into the place where the child lay. And taking the child by the hand he said to her, ‘Talitha, kum!’ which means, ‘Little girl, I tell you to get up.’ The little girl got up at once and began to walk about, for she was twelve years old. At this they were overcome with astonishment, and he ordered them strictly not to let anyone know about it, and told them to give her something to eat.
 
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Living in the present moment

In today’s gospel, Jairus, the synagogue president, approached Jesus and pleaded with Him to come to his daughter, who was seriously sick. Sensing the urgency, Jesus went with him to his house. However, on the way there, Jesus stopped. He knew that someone in the crowd had touched Him and had been healed because of it. He asked, “Who touched my clothes?”. Despite the urgency of going to Jairus’ house, Jesus wanted to personally meet the person who had the trusting faith to touch Him. When the woman came forward, Jesus spoke tenderly to her and affirmed her faith. Jesus wanted a personal encounter with her that would permanently impact her life, not just a passing and transitory one. Jesus invites us not to be afraid of disruptions and interruptions because such moments might be spaces where God wants us to be present and become a channel of love, peace and comfort to others.
 
Today, let us be love-driven, not task-driven! In unexpected moments, God can use our lives to channel His life-giving presence to others.
 
Reflective question:
Am I open to paying attention to the interruptions that come my way?
 
Acknowledgment: Reflections are based on “Prayer for Living: The Word of God for Daily Prayer Year A” by Sr Sandra Seow FMVD.