St. Paul (2 Cor. 8:7-15) draws our attention from self centered approach to other centered approach. When that is materialized the needs of everyone is met and makes every person satisfied. Paul encouraged people to abound in their works of charity, that is, not just a one time gift or donation but the sustained activity of giving to others. It would prove an immeasurable and endless sharing of self, possessions, talents, hopes, faith and love. There is always much for which we can be grateful, just as there are always people in need around us.
Jesus was noticing those needs of people. We have two such incidents mentioned in today’s gospel (Mk. 5:21-43). First of all through his concern for people and venturing to fulfill their needs he expresses his power and authority over the elements, over evil, over sickness, and ultimately, over even death! What we heard in the first reading that God is life giver and savior is being demonstrated in the gospel, in giving life to the daughter of Jairus, and in healing the woman with hemorrhages. The synagogue official, Jairus, was in distress because his dear daughter was at the point of death. In Jairus’ search for a solution he could find only one – go to Jesus. Jairus did that. His faith in Jesus was rewarded. Jesus gave life to Jairus’s daughter.
The woman with hemorrhage had exhausted all her resources in the effort to get well. Finally she had one chance left – go to Jesus. With much hesitation, fear and shame she made the effort to touch at least his clothes. That was enough to get the result she desired. She was cured instantly. Jesus loved with a human heart. He acted through his humanity during his public ministry, so he acts now through the ministry of the Church, and particularly by means of the sacraments. God’s way had been to take the human way. The human way for us now is through the sacraments of the Church.
In the Sacrament of Baptism Jesus took us by the hand, called us by name, and raised us from death of sin, and restored us to God our Father as his children. Then Jesus told the Church to give us something to eat, offering himself as our food, the Church offers the wonderful Sacrament of his body and blood – the Holy Eucharist.
Jesus, through the ministry of the Church, has time for all of us, whether we happen to have some important position in society, as Jairus did in the synagogue, or whether hardly anybody knows our name, as was the case with the woman with the hemorrhage. All of us are important to Jesus, and all our needs are his concern.
Should we wait until all other means fail to go to Jesus? It is better to have contact with him always so that we may not face such dire situations.