ISSL Reflections June 20,2021, Matthew 9:18-26 Post 3

Let’s turn our attention to this short passage again –

Matthew 9:18-26

While he was saying these things to them, suddenly a leader of the synagogue came in and knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.” And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples. Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, for she said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well.” Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well. When Jesus came to the leader’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, “Go away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. And the report of this spread throughout that district.

As you look at the folk we see in this passage and look at their faces, what do you see?

Grief, pain, questions, hope, fear, scorn … What do you notice?

What draws you deeper into these folks’ encounter with Jesus?

What of these emotions, feelings did Jesus reject? Which of these people did he reject?

And, which did Jesus move toward?

I guess the next “logical” question is “What do you bring with you today?”

How do you think Jesus would approach that?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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