Here is part of today’s Gospel reading, the healing of Jairus’ daughter: ‘There came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” But ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. When they came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, he saw a tumult, and people weeping and wailing loudly. And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a tumult and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But 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. Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi”; which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” And immediately the girl got up and walked; for she was twelve years old. And immediately they were overcome with amazement. And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat’.

This is a remarkable prefiguration of the Resurrection – the clues are, firstly, the word ‘arise’, and secondly, the reference to ‘something to eat’ – the mind goes instantly to the Emmaus story. The warmth and compassion of our Lord also come across very strongly.

May we too know that warmth and compassion in our own lives, and may God bless you this day.