13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Mk 5:21-24,35-43
I couldn’t help but notice that they laughed at Jesus.
That hasn’t changed, they laugh at us too because we have faith. We’re ridiculed often.
And when Jesus had made his point no doubt they said, “she wasn’t really dead, we made a mistake!”
These things don’t change.
In last Sunday’s Gospel the disciples fear death by drowning Mk 4:35-41
So Jesus calms the storm, the disciples fear of death disappears to be replaced by “even the wind and the sea obey him”
They’re awestruck – their focus changes from the fear of death to his power over the the storm, over wind and rain…
So what happens next? Where does Jesus lead them?
To the encounter recorded in this Sunday’s Gospel… where Jesus leads his disciples back to confront death in the death of a little girl 👧
The loss of someone close to us always plunges us into grief, dark and heavy grief, horrible.
But who told us that death is the worse possible scenario for the deceased?
Jesus doesn’t fear death, he doesn’t consider it as the worse possible event – in last Sunday’s Gospel he’s asleep, in this Sunday’s Gospel he demonstrates his absolute authority even over death – on the contrary he fears sin, he fears offending his Father. According to Jesus there’s something much worse than death – offending God unto hell.
But for those who die in Christ death is the best possible scenario and anyone who dies in Christ is consumed by love; of which even the greatest human love is a dim – very dim – reflection. They have only one all consuming desire; to stay with God, and the desire to return is non-existent. They’re being totally consumed by loving fulfillment.
The best contemporary example I can give is Mirjana’s experience of Our Lady in Medugorje. It is important to grasp that when Mirjana sees Our Lady it’s not just a visionary experience, rather, Our Lady brings Heaven with her – after all she is of Heaven – and Mirjana is caught up in Heaven. The consequences are illuminating; Mirjana has only one desire, to stay with Our Lady which means to go with Our Lady (death). Mirjana says that when she’s with Our Lady not even the love she has for her daughters would bring her back, and when the experience ends Mirjana collapses into a deep darkness. It takes her weeks to recover… and she really struggles to go back to ordinary life, to ordinary love, to love that’s a very dim reflection of divine love.
It’s all consuming nature is like having a son or daughter in love with someone of whom you do not approve – try getting your point of view through to him or her! It’s all-consuming.
On the other hand those who do not die in Christ long to come back and un-do and re-do so much. This desire at that level, a burning desire incapable of being fulfilled, is more than enough punishment!