The Beauty of Standing Up

The Beauty of Standing Up!

Mark 5:21-43

Mark 5:21-43 English Standard Version (ESV)

Jesus Heals a Woman and Jairus’s Daughter

21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23 and implored him earnestly, saying, “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.” 24 And he went with him.

And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing[a] what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus[b] saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.”


    In reading this story about the privileged and the poorest we can comprehend the power of God in Jesus as one who heals and nurtures.

    Another perspective is as one woman said: “The beauty of standing up is that others see you standing and  are encouraged to stand as well.”

    In this story both women are healed by Jesus and we have compassion upon them. They are both defined  by their social status, need, and  the healing power of Jesus. They are healed and RESTORED TO THE COMMUNITY.

    One woman claims the healing for herself, she asks Jesus because she has no one else to ask, and the other is healed because Jesus responds to her father’s request.

    There is a poem by Lynn Ungar we received in our  email today which talks of community in this time of stress and fear:


What if you thought of it

as the Jews  consider the Sabbath–

the most sacred of times?

Cease from travel.

Cease from buying and selling.

Give up just for now,

on trying to make the world

different than it is.

Sing, pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life.

Center down.

And when your body has become still,

reach out your heart.

Know that we are connected

in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.

(You could hardly deny it now.)

Know that our lives

are in one another’s hands.

(Surely, that has become clear.)

Do not reach out your hands.

Reach out your heart.

Reach out your words.

Reach out all the tendrils,

of compassion that move, invisibly,

where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love–

for better or for worse,

in sickness and in health

so long as all shall live.

        Each one of us can serve God, and love others, through taking Lynn’s attitude. We each can serve in our own way.   

    My personal way, and the way of Temenos Catholic Worker  is to continue connecting to  youth and others who do not have housing, on the Haight and on Polk.

     We will listen, comfort and support. Our news outlets and social media talk  of the “homeless”, all in one category. The reality people who are homeless are individuals who respond in different ways–some do not want government help.

    We serve the bottom one percent who will not seek shelter or support from the City.

    We will take food, socks, and  pastoral care and continue to move on the street and into Golden Gate Park,  and we can use your help through your financial support. So please consider a donation. And in your consideration remember: “The beauty of standing up is that others see you standing and  are encouraged to stand as well.” We invite you to stand with us:

Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

    Our ministry is one of personal connection, and of support. Thank you for listening!

Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.



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