Do not fear, only believe. (Mark 5:36)
In today's Gospel reading, Jesus heals the daughter of the synagogue leader Jairus, and a woman with a haemorrhage. We see that his love is not excluded from anyone who dares to put their faith in him. “Do not fear, only believe,” he instructs Jairus when it seems that all hope is lost.
For the woman who had endured her bleeding for so long, and been disappointed by the physicians so many times, daring to believe gave her the courage to simply brush against Jesus robes. As a result of her faith she was healed and blessed with shalom from the Lord.
“Do not fear, only believe” is Jesus' charge to us as well. We should never underestimate the miraculous transformation that comes from even the simplest encounter with Christ’s love. Who will you help to brush against Jesus' robes this week? Even the simplest encounter with our Lord can bring life to those who will put their trust in him, and just like it was for Jairus' daughter, it is never too late.
Perhaps there is someone you know who could use a touch of his love? Or perhaps you yourself need to take the time to brush against his robes this week. If these words strike a chord with you, then “Do not fear, only believe” and reach out to the Lord. You won’t be disappointed.
Till next time,
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:21–22)
Rev. Andrew Smith
Vicar of Light in the Hills