1 Feb 2022
2 Samuel 18:9-10, 14b, 24-25a, 30â€“19:3
Absalom happened to meet the servants of David. Absalom was riding on his mule, and the mule went under the thick branches of a great oak. His head caught fast in the oak, and he was left hanging between heaven and earth, while the mule that was under him went on. A man saw it, and told Joab, â€˜I saw Absalom hanging in an oak.â€™ Joab said, â€˜I will not waste time like this with you.â€™ He took three spears in his hand, and thrust them into the heart of Absalom, while he was still alive in the oak.
Now David was sitting between the two gates. The sentinel went up to the roof of the gate by the wall, and when he looked up, he saw a man running alone. The sentinel shouted and told the king. The king said, â€˜If he is alone, there are tidings in his mouth.â€™ He kept coming, and drew near. The king said, â€˜Turn aside, and stand here.â€™ So he turned aside, and stood still.
Then the Cushite came; and the Cushite said, â€˜Good tidings for my lord the king! For the Lord has vindicated you this day, delivering you from the power of all who rose up against you.â€™ The king said to the Cushite, â€˜Is it well with the young man Absalom?â€™ The Cushite answered, â€˜May the enemies of my lord the king, and all who rise up to do you harm, be like that young man.â€™
The king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept; and as he went, he said, â€˜O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would that I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!â€™
It was told Joab, â€˜The king is weeping and mourning for Absalom.â€™ So the victory that day was turned into mourning for all the troops; for the troops heard that day, â€˜The king is grieving for his son.â€™ The troops stole into the city that day as soldiers steal in who are ashamed when they flee in battle.
When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered round him; and he was by the lake. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, â€˜My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.â€™ So he went with him.
And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, â€˜If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.â€™ Immediately her haemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, â€˜Who touched my clothes?â€™ And his disciples said to him, â€˜You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, â€œWho touched me?â€ â€™ He looked all round to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, â€˜Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.â€™
While he was still speaking, some people came from the leaderâ€™s house to say, â€˜Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?â€™ But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, â€˜Do not fear, only believe.â€™ He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, â€˜Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.â€™ And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the childâ€™s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, â€˜Talitha cumâ€™, which means, â€˜Little girl, get up!â€™ And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.