“Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” (Mark 5:23)
I’ve sat with people who were not going to get well.
I’ve sat with families who have lost a child.
I’ve sat with people who have been connected to church their whole lives who have prayed for healing and are still waiting.
I’ve sat with people who have never been to church and lost a loved one with nowhere else to go.
In the midst of it all, Jesus shows up.
Sometimes he shows up in obvious places – in the signs we so often look to: the Word, the sacraments and prayers; beautiful places; art and song.
Sometimes he shows up through the people we would expect to be there – family, loved friends, neighbors, clergy and other church folks.
Sometimes he comes as healthcare workers, other patients, or in little kind gestures we might ordinarily overlook if we weren’t looking.
Sometimes he comes in complete disguise (like the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, and the imprisoned [see Matthew 25:31-46]), and we meet him (or miss him) by not paying attention or falling prey to our fears.
But Jesus shows up.
The people in this story knew it. The woman who reached out to him hoping for healing. The crowd in amazement as they saw her get well. The desperate father Jarius whose daughter was about to die. The crowd who mourned her, the girl as he took her hand, the disciples as they looked in wonder as she skipped off to the table for something to eat.
Jesus showed up.
He shows up still.
Jesus shows up through you and me and all the unexpected places we find ourselves where people are hurting, mourning and weeping.
In everyone who comes to us when we are hurting and mourning and weeping, he shows up there too.
When we see him, it is like we can skip again.
When he touches us, we are made well.
When others see him, the banquet can begin.
When you embrace them with his touch, the party has already started.
Where are the hurting places where you can bring the banquet?
Let’s party. 🙂
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