Sunday, 28 June 2015

Talitha Cumi

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
Prepared by Susanne Timpani (No.135)

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 5:21-24
When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered round  him and he stayed by the lake. Then the president of the synagogue came up, named Jairus, and seeing him, fell at his feet and begged him earnestly, saying, 

'My little daughter is desperately sick. Do come and lay your hands on her that she may be saved and may live.'  Jesus went with him and a large crowd followed him; they were pressing all round him.

5: 35 – 42  While he was still speaking some people arrived from the house of the president of the synagogue to say, 'Your daughter is dead; why put the Master to any further trouble?' 

But Jesus overheard what they said and he said to the president of the synagogue, '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 house of the president of the synagogue, 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 ridiculed 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 once they were overcome with astonishment, and he gave them strict orders not to let anyone know about it, and told them to give her something to eat.  


"Talitha Cumi"

'How did this little bit of Aramaic get itself embedded in the Greek of the gospels?

There can be only one reason. Mark got his information from Peter. For the most part, outside of Palestine at least, Peter, too, would have to speak in Greek.

But Peter had been there; he was one of the chosen three, the inner circle, who had seen this happen. And he could never forget Jesus' voice. In his mind and memory he could hear that "Talitha Cumi" all his life.

The love, the gentleness, the caress of it lingered with him forever, so much so that he was unable to think of it in Greek at all, because his memory could hear it only in the voice of Jesus and in the very words that Jesus spoke.'

When Peter faced disasters surely he remembered this scene? What appeared impossible became possible when God was present.

'There is nothing beyond facing, and there is nothing beyond conquest--not even death--when it is faced and conquered in the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.'



5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.
Susanne Timpani













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