Headlines for this week’s Gospel Mark 5:21-43:
* In need of healing, a father cries to Jesus for help for his dying daughter.
* In need of healing a woman suffering from years of hemorrhage reaches out to touch Jesus.
Headlines from news media this week:
* In need of healing a nation ingrained with racism cries out for healing.
Our country is in need of healing from the deadly and on-going destruction of racism. The problem is complex—overtly violent like last week’s massacre, but also subtly woven into the fiber of our laws and behaviors.
Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, Bishop of the ELCA responded: “Racism is a fact in American culture. Denial and avoidance of this fact are deadly…When will this end? I urge all of us to spend a day in repentance and mourning. And then we need to get to work. Each of us and all of us need to examine ourselves, our church and our communities.”
Like Jairus and the bleeding woman, the issue of racism is life threatening. With Jairus and the unnamed woman we turn to Jesus for healing and change.
Lord, Jesus Christ
who reached across the ethnic boundaries
between Samaritan, Roman and Jew
who offered fresh sight to the blind and freedom to captives,
who healed Jarius’ daughter and a woman with a hemorrhage,
help us to break down the barriers in our community,
enable us to see the reality of racism and bigotry,
and free us to challenge and uproot it
from ourselves, our society and our world.
Amen. (prayer written by John Bucki)
Talking to children about Charleston: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kt-sancken/what-i-told-my-children-a_b_7639152.html
Faith, hope, and love at Emmanuel AME Church: http://refocusministry.org/2015/06/23/charlestons-thousand-word-picture/