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Mark 5:21-43

2015-06-24 — There are some lessons that we’d rather not learn.

BIBLE PASSAGE — When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.”

So he went with him. And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” He looked all around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. 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.

— Proper 8, Series B


  1. Larry McCormick — 3083 days ago #

    With all respect that may be due to the creator of this strip, the text balloons are SO confused that I would not want the children in our Sunday School to be asked to critique the content. The woman who suffered until she met Jesus was the women with the flow of blood. When Jairus’ daughter dies, SHE is in a similar situation to the woman Jesus has just healed, ita dest, she (Jairus’ daughter) has nothing but her faith. Was a glass or two of wine involved prior to the creation of this week’s comic?

  2. Micheal Bitz — 3082 days ago #

    I think there might be an error in the dialogs this week. I believe there should be an “OF” in the first bubble.

  3. Jim — 3082 days ago #

    Thanks Micheal, I’ve made the correction.

  4. Jim — 3082 days ago #

    No Larry, we never drink and draw. Certainly not, as they say in the Acts of the Apostles, at nine in the morning.
    We do, however, work like beavers to meet a deadline and you’re free to withhold this week’s cartoon from your Sunday School children.
    I would respectfully say that the dead girl is beyond destitute and is, herself, arguably faithless. It is her father who Jesus encourages to keep the faith after it threatens to run out.
    Be blessed.

  5. Larry Ryan — 3082 days ago #

    Once again, thank you for your wit and wisdom. Our parishioners appreciate your strips.

  6. Jim — 3082 days ago #

    You’re welcome Mr. Ryan.

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