Sisters and Brothers! After hearing about the whole event which took place in the house Jairus we realise that it wasn’t a daily wake up routine. The little girl was dead. Jesus raised her to life. What a spectacular miracle! But it wasn’t for publicity. It was to open the eyes of the disciples to see that God is doing his saving work in this world. Jairus and his wife had their daughter back. The disciples received another grace which contributed to growing in their faith in Jesus.
Why are we getting a front seat view of what happened in Jairus’ house? After all Jesus didn’t want anyone there apart the parents of the girl and Peter, John and James. We have been given the grace to listen to what happened there so that our faith in Jesus can also grow. Brining the little girl back to life is not the talk of the town for us, or better to say the talk of the Church. If we talk about her it is because her coming back to life reminds us of Jesus’ resurrection. Even the way St Mark wrote about the event is more than a coroner report. The whole description is firmly grounded in what happened when Jesus rose from the dead. The description is saturated with words which later will be used to proclaim the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In that little girl we see our own future. What happened to her will happen to each on of us here. We will die. However it is not simply an inevitable fact. When we witness Jesus walking to Jairus house we remember what the Author of the Book of Wisdom in the Old Testament wrote centuries before that great miracle: ‘Death was not God’s doing, he takes no pleasure in the extinction of the living… it was the devil’s envy that brought death into the world, as those who are his partners will discover.’ In the Gospel today we witness that. The Son of God walks into the house which was marked by death filled with weeping and wailing and he says to the girl: ‘Talitha kum!’ he also says to death: ‘Go away.’ Some months from that encounter with death Jesus faced it again. It was on the cross. He, the Son of the Living God, the Source of Life, stepped into the abyss of death. Then he turned death into a bridge between the earth and heaven. It is expressed powerfully when you visit Christian cemeteries where graves are in the shadow of crosses. Every cross on such a grave is not just a reminder that the person buried there was a Christian but that the person buried there is sleeping. I mentioned before that the language of todays’ miracle is full of words which were also used to proclaim Jesus Resurrection. Can you remember which words of Jesus made people gathered in the Jairus house laugh? The words were: ‘This child is not dead. She is asleep.’ This way of describing death has been embraced by the disciples of Jesus who believe in his Resurrection. We have been speaking about them as asleep.
If they are asleep the time for them will be to be awoken. We who will also fall asleep when our hour comes will also be awoken. It will happen when each of us will hear the word which Jesus spoke to the little girl: ‘Kum!’ - Arise.
My dear fellow mortal Brothers and Sisters! You will hear it on the last day. However I invite you to take this word as a prayer word now. Before the Lord speaks this word to you when he comes to judge the living and the dead, say it in your prayers like the priest says the words of Consecration transforming bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ. Before the Lord says this word on the last day, say this word often so that every day you may have grace to arise to a life worthy of the Lord of Heaven and Earth.
Kum – Arise.