Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 28, 2010
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 28, 2010
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"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
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Life after death
"He took her by the hand and said to her, 'Talitha
cum,' which means, 'Little girl, get up!' And
immediately the girl got up and began to walk about
(she was twelve years of age). At this they were
overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them
that no one should know this, and told them to give
her something to eat."
I love stories with a happy ending. When the
disbelieving crowd of mourners departed to another
area, only then would Jesus perform his astonishing
miracle. He did it in relative seclusion, away from
the prying eyes of those who ridiculed him. In the
presence of the little girl's parents, and Peter,
James, and John, Jesus gently took the little girl's
hand and said in Aramaic, "Little girl, I say to you,
get up!" The Bible tells us the twelve-year-old
girl awoke from the dead, stood up, and walked.
She who had once been dead was now alive.
It is impossible to know who was most astonished.
We can only imagine the tears of joy running down
the parents' faces. Even the seasoned disciples,
so accustomed to Jesus' amazing powers, were
flabbergasted. They had seen Jesus do incredible
things but to raise someone from the dead! They
were speechless. Perhaps even the little girl was
surprised at all the fuss being made about her. She
was not only very much alive, but even hungry. Jesus,
grinning with delight, reunited the living child to
her forever-grateful parents. The little bedroom
formerly filled with such sorrow and despair, was
now full of happy laughter and celebration. Jesus
had to gently remind the ecstatic parents to give
their daughter something to eat.
So why would Jesus then hush the joyful parents and
disciples, admonishing them to be silent about this
miracle? As Jesus' popularity among the common people
of that area grew, so did his opposition from religious
leaders. It would only be a matter of time before the
religious authorities would plot and scheme for his
death. But as much as the grateful parents wanted to
keep this miracle secret, the word of this amazing
event would immediately fly around the Galilean
countryside the moment the little girl walked out of
What can we learn from this amazing story about faith,
hope, and love? In my opinion, Jesus is more than a
miracle worker he can raise the dead. For the
believer, death is not the end. We can have hope
beyond the grave and look forward to reuniting with
loved ones in eternity. This is what I believe.
What do you believe about this amazing story?
O God, thank you for this amazing story of faith, hope,
and love. Give us the eyes of faith to see this miracle
of life after death. Bless us with hope beyond the
grave. We pray for these things in the powerful name
of Jesus Christ, who can raise the dead. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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