Today’s readings center around children. In the first reading from 2 Samuel 18, we see the tragic story of King David’s son Absalom. Absalom had become his father’s mortal enemy, yet David never considered him such. He always loved him like a son. So when word gets to David that Absalom had been killed, David wept bitterly. What was considered a great victory by David’s men was actually a great loss.
In the Gospel reading from Mark 5, Jesus is approached by a synagogue official named Jairus. Jairus’ daughter is terribly ill, and Jairus asks Jesus to come to his home and heal the girl. Before Jesus can get there, people from Jairus’ house come and tell Jesus it is too late – the girl has died. Jesus says to Jairus, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” He then goes and brings the little girl back to life.
Life with children is often a mixture of joy and grief. We see the two extremes in today's readings. The story of Jairus' daughter is instrumental in my conversion and my wife's. God saved our daughter. On the other hand, my mom has had to bury three of her children. Why? I have no idea. I think all we can do is pray for God's perfect will for our children, and be at peace with whatever His will may be.
Father, watch over our children. We know that you love them even more than we do. May your perfect will be done in their lives. Amen.
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