From today’s Gospel (Mark 5:21-43):
‘When Jesus had crossed in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered round him and he stayed by the lakeside. Then one of the synagogue officials came up, Jairus by name, and seeing him, fell at his feet and pleaded with him earnestly, saying, ‘My little daughter is desperately sick. Do come and lay your hands on her to make her better and save her life.’ Jesus went with him and a large crowd followed him; they were pressing all round him…..While he was still speaking some people arrived from the house of the synagogue official to say, ‘Your daughter is dead: why put the Master to any further trouble?’ But Jesus had overheard this remark of theirs and he said to the official, ‘Do not be afraid; only have faith.’ And he allowed no one to go with him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. So they came to the official’s house and Jesus noticed all the commotion, with people weeping and wailing unrestrainedly. He went in and said to them, ‘Why all this commotion and crying? The child is not dead, but asleep.’ But they laughed at him. So he turned them all out and, taking with him the child’s father and mother and his own companions, he went into the place where the child lay. And taking the child by the hand he said to her, ‘Talitha, kum!’ which means, ‘Little girl, I tell you to get up.’ The little girl got up at once and began to walk about, for she was twelve years old. At this they were overcome with astonishment, and he ordered them strictly not to let anyone know about it, and told them to give her something to eat.’
This passage only serves to highlight that we cannot do anything on our own. Even as parents we need the help of Jesus to look after our children.
Yet how often do we actually ask Jesus to help us look after and care for our children? How many of us can relate to Jairus in the Gospel passage? Do we turn to Christ in times of such great need? Jesus loves our children more than we do and he wants to offer his help. He also loves us, as parents, more than anyone else loves us and he doesn’t want to see us struggle.
Have a little faith in Jesus. Make him the centre of your family life. Ask him to take on the role of guardian of your family, along with Mary our Blessed Mother and St Joseph. Inspire a little devotion in your household by encouraging your family to say grace before meals. Maybe even say one Our Father as a family at the start of the day to really kick-start your day on a positive note. These are small but incredibly powerful steps we can all take to make Christ a more integral part of the life of our families, allowing him to play a more central role in our daily lives.
Example prayers before a meal:
‘Thank you Lord for these thy gifts we are about to receive from your goodness through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.’
'Bless us O Lord as we sit together, bless the food we eat today, bless that hands that made our food, bless us O Lord. Amen.'