July 1st, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
I am happy that we are back with excerpts from St. Mark’s Gospel. His is the shortest Gospel and the style is brief and cryptic. He doesn’t mince words and you have a very clear understanding of what he means.
When we are reading any one of the four Gospels, we need to use our imagination. Don’t just read the words. Try to visualize what is happening and it makes it far more interesting. The story, of course, is one that we have known since we were children. Jesus brings the daughter of Jairus back to life. Jesus was responding to a plea from the girl’s father to come and help with the sick daughter and the text says, “A large crowd followed pushing against him.” Think about that large crowd, the jostling and the shoving. Then when Jesus announces that the child is not dead, the crowd begins to ridicule him and Mark gives us one simple sentence. HE PUT THEM ALL OUT.
Don’t let that sentence pass by without trying to visualize it. It is a crowd and Jesus is alone and he is irritated at their disbelief and he cleans house. They are out! The story itself is wonderful but it is also necessary to draw other means from it. We sometimes think of Jesus as ever so meek and mild. He was but can he be firm and determined? Absolutely! HE PUT THEM ALL OUT!