Today’s Gospel from Mark combines two healing stories – the healing of Jairus’s daughter and the healing of the woman with a hemorrhage. Mark uses the so-called sandwich literary device, placing the account of the woman in the middle of the incident with Jairus and his daughter.
Both healings have some common attributes. Both involve females and they share the number 12 (12 years old and 12 years of suffering). Faith is common to both. To the woman, Daughter, your faith has made you well. To Jairus, Do not fear, only believe.
Parents occasionally have good reason to be anxious about the health or safety of their children. We hear of an instance of that in today’s Gospel. Jairus is a powerful man. He is described as a synagogue leader. Despite that, he falls begging, at the feet of Jesus. It is natural parental concern to be worried about his daughter, so worried that he will even humble himself to such an extent. He was desperate. We are told that he begs repeatedly.