Gospel: Mark 5:21-43

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark.

When Jesus had crossed again to the other shore in the boat, a large crowd gathered, and Jesus stayed by the lakeside. Then one of the synagogue officials came up, Jairus by name, and seeing Jesus, fell down and pleaded earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is desperately sick. Come and lay your hands on her to make her better and save her life.” Jesus went with him and a large crowd followed, pressing from all sides. Now there was a woman who had suffered from a hemorrhage for twelve years; after long and painful treatment under various doctors, she had spent all she had without being any better for it-in fact, she was getting worse. She had heard about Jesus, and she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his cloak. “If I can touch even his tassels,” she had told herself, “I will be well again.” Instantly the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.

Immediately aware that healing power had gone out from him, Jesus turned to the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” The disciples said, “You see how the crowd is pressing you and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?'” But Jesus continued to look around to see who had done it. Then the woman came forward, frightened and trembling because she knew what had happened to her, and she fell at Jesus’s feet and told him the whole truth.

“My daughter,” Jesus said, “your faith has saved you; go in peace, and be free of your affliction.” While Jesus was still speaking, some people arrived from the house of the synagogue official to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why put the Teacher to any further trouble?” But Jesus overheard the remark and said to the official, “Don’t be afraid. Just believe.” Jesus allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and James’ brother John. So they came to the official’s house and Jesus noticed all the commotion, with people weeping and wailing unrestrainedly. Jesus went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and crying? The child is not dead, but asleep.” At this they began to ridicule him, and he turned them all out. Jesus took the child’s mother and father and his own companions and entered the room where the child lay. Taking her hand, he said to her, “Talitha, koum!” which means, “Little girl, get up!” The girl got up and began to walk about, for she was twelve years old. At this they were overcome with astonishment, and Jesus gave the family strict orders not to let anyone know about it, and told them to give her something to eat.

The Good News as spoken through Mark.

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