By Georgios Trifonopoulos, Theologian, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
The miracle is accompanied by surprise. It is dazzling for those who experience it. The miracle strengthens our faith and transforms any doubts into certainties. The miracle is always charming, and everyone chases it. Everyone seeks such an experience and perhaps we consider it to be a self-fulfilment based on the spiritual level we have achieved to reach.
We desperately want to find a miracle. Many times, we expect a miracle to happen, not necessarily when we face a health problem and we desperately want the cure
Sometimes it looks like a competition. Who will speak of the greatest miracles and insights in order to feed our spiritual ego. Like the faith and Christ is something magical that is manifested through impressive events.
Yet, daughter of Jairus and the bleeding woman will be the miracles that will refute us. Christ’s attitude in both cases reveals another way of His manifestation in the world without fuss or fanfare. It is enough to see the Christ’s face, serving the mystery of salvation in silence.
Lost in the crowd, the bleeding woman does not want to stand out. She came up behind him in the crowd and just touched his cloak, because she thought if she just touched his clothes, she would be healed. Immediately her body was freed from her suffering.
However, Christ as the Omniscient God, turned around in the crowd and understood who had touched him and he wanted to underline her great faith, her desire to touch his cloak rolling on the ground with humility.
Her love and tremendous faith in Him were immortalized in the gospel and she will be remembered by all the generations to come.
The same is true for Jairus, who is dedicated to the Lord, he is hanging from Him, his anguish and pain are resting upon Him, for He can offer him redemption and to give life, at a moment when everything has finished for his little daughter.
In silence, in a faith without doubt, Christ comes to offer a solution, to lift up the daughter, to bring her back to life by holding her hand, by grabbing her from the kingdom of Hades, prefiguring the liberation of humanity after His own death.
In a world that seeks the miracle, Christ comes and seeks the face, serves the mystery of Life, so silently and without challenging, without violating the freedom of man.
He stands and awaits the response of each one of us, the desire of our heart for Him to come and act within it, to settle down in it by becoming the centre and the reference of our existence.
And perhaps this is the greatest miracle of all, the most deafening within the greatest silence, the moment when man comes to God in despair, seeing that nothing can save him now, betrayed by everyone, looking for Resurrection like Jairus.
Thus, he follows Christ without any thoughts, even when the devil sows despair in him, trying to convince him that it is too late and it is not necessary to bother the Master. He is dead within his sins and mistakes. And then he faces Christ, sees his love and continues with Him the resurrecting journey of his heart.
And he does not care whether he will be the first, or the second, or what the world will say, just touching the edge of His clothes falling on the earth is enough for him.