Jairus, Do Not Grieve

“Jairus, do not grieve”
Mark 5:36 “in a snailshell”
Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea. One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward. Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying, “My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live.” He went off with him, and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him.

There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years. She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had spent all that she had. Yet she was not helped but only grew worse. She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.” Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?” But his disciples said to him, “You see how the crowd is pressing upon you, and yet you ask, ‘Who touched me?’” And he looked around to see who had done it. The woman, realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”

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. At that they were utterly astounded. He gave strict orders that no one should know this and said that she should be given something to eat.

Mark 5:21-43

Jesus, the eye of the hurricane of mourning and wailing, assured Jairus, “Fear not; only believe” (Mē phobou; monon pisteue). The child is not dead but sleeping. In the face of ridicule, faith the laughingstock rides the whelming waves of doubt and despair.

The name of Jairus (pronounced Iairos) inspired the following poem:

With Yeshua at the side of Iairos,
Fear subsided;
Faith ignited.
God provided
Through Yeshua-Yireh!

“Yeshua-Yireh” (Jesus provides) is a play on the title of God in Genesis 22:14, “YHWH-Yireh.” Abraham named the place in which God provided a ram as sacrifice in place of his son Isaac “YHWH provides” or “The Lord provides.” 

“Yireh” is pronounced “Yee-reh.” Many Westerners say “Jireh” (“Jai-rah”), which is what triggered the poem from the name of Jairus. Thus a Westernized version would read:

With Jesus at the side of Jairus,
Fear subsided;
Faith ignited.
God provided
Through Jesus-Jireh!

Christ took away our infirmities
and bore our diseases.

Gospel Acclamation (Matthew 8:17)

Related post:

The Girl is Not Dead But Sleeping

2 Replies to “Jairus, Do Not Grieve”

  1. Dear GMC, thank you for your reflection. Happy New Year of the Tiger. May your lunar New Year be as wonderful as you are!

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