As he was saying this, the rabbi of the local synagogue came and worshiped him. "My little daughter has just died," he said, "but you can bring her back to life again if you will only come and touch her."
As Jesus and the disciples were going to the rabbi's home, a woman who had been sick for twelve years with internal bleeding came up behind him and touched a tassel of his robe, for she thought, "If I only touch him, I will be healed."
Jesus turned around and spoke to her. "Daughter," he said, "all is well! Your faith has healed you.' And the woman was well from that moment.
When Jesus arrived at the rabbi's home and saw the noisy crowds and heard the funeral music, he said, "Get them out, for the little girl isn't dead; she is only sleeping!" Then how they all scoffed and sneered at him!
When the crowd was finally outside, Jesus went in where the little girl was lying and took her by the hand, and she jumped up and was all right again! The report of this wonderful miracle swept the entire countryside. Matthew 9: 18-26
"But didn't I tell you that you will see a wonderful miracle from God if you believe?" Jesus asked her. John 11:40 (TLB)
Jairon Otoniel Santana Suarez is from the Dominican Republic. He remembers the indescribable emotion he felt the first time he heard the heartbeat of his soon-to-be-born daughter. The next day, he accompanied his wife to the doctor's office for a check-up. The exhilaration of the day before suddenly turned into fear. The doctor said that our daughter's life was at risk. Jairon was stunned, his faith shaken. Many fearful thoughts crossed his mind.
But that moment passed quickly when Jairon remembered that God had always sustained him in his life's journey. He knew that if he remained rooted in his belief that God is constantly with him, he could face whatever came. In today's reading, the synagogue leader's faith was strong in spite of the death of his daughter. His faith led him to believe in the power of Jesus to restore her to life.
We will face doubts and difficult situations. But God wants only the best for us - full lives following the path Jesus Christ has set. We can be certain that in all circumstances God will sustain us and remain faithfully by our side.
Prayer: O God, thank you for your steadfast faithfulness in good times and in times of adversity. Help us to have the strong faith that the rabbi had, in Jesus' name, amen.