Readings for June 27, 2021
Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24
Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13
2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15
Jesus said, simply, “Talitha kuom” and the once dead 12-year-old girl responded as any other 12-year-old might; she got up and began walking around the room. It was a miracle! Yet God had performed countless miracles for the people of Israel throughout their history. God had even already raised people from the dead through Elijah and Elisha in the Old Testament (1 Kings 17:17-22, 2 Kings 4:32-35, 2 Kings 13:20-21). So what is so different about Jesus raising a little girl from death? Couldn’t God have just kept performing miracles through someone other than His beloved Son?
Of course He could have, but with Jesus, the Savior, it’s always personal. Jesus did not heal with a bright flash of light or a swirling wind or even a long and pious prayer to his Father. Instead he spoke directly to the little girl, “Get up.” Then he made sure she got something to eat.
Put simply: Jesus performed his miracles personally, and with love. Jesus didn’t perform miracles to attract followers, become famous, or to gather an army to oust the Romans or the Pharisees or the Scribes. He showed that the way to glorify God wasn’t about words or theatrics, but about connection. Yes, Jesus performed miracles in order to glorify God, but after Jesus performed his miracle for the young girl, he tells those in attendance (presumably her parents along with Peter, James and John) not to tell anyone about the miracle he performed that day. And then he shows the love of our caregiver God by telling her parents to get the girl some food. In that moment, for Jesus, it wasn’t about recruiting, it was about love.
Jesus knew that to love is to give glory to God. And because he performed miracles with great love, it was wholly personal. What Jesus seems to be telling me when he says “have faith” (like he did Jarius), is to trust in God’s love. Sometimes there is a spectacular miracle, yet oftentimes there is not. But there is always a quiet peace from accepting the love of our Lord and Savior. And that’s what is so different about Jesus’ miracles.
My Lord Jesus, you call me to have faith in the love of God, our Father, even when all that I see with my own eyes seem to point away from love. In dark times, Lord, quietly speak to my heart so I may have the confidence in your love to bring me to new life in your peace. Amen