“Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.” Without a doubt, the Christian life can be very difficult sometimes and seemingly just too hard to walk. This is precisely why we need to help each other and depend on the great example of the saints of God who have gone before us, marked with the sign of faith and exuberantly displaying a remarkable amount of courage in living the faith in Christ in the face of the most formidable odds.
“One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward.” “There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.” In the Gospel today, we have two very prime examples of people who are in great need of a powerful miracle in their lives and who are surrounded by people who also believe because the text tells us there were crowds following the unfolding drama. The witness and the advice given to those searching for the Lord and finding the most courageous of all faith before them help us to remember that we need each other in the walk of faith. We also need to respond appropriately and faithfully when called upon to give witness, strengthen the resolve of others who are struggling and always pray for those who need our prayers the most. “Do not be afraid; just have faith.”