The Call of God!

Luke 8:54
But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.”

Today’s verse is taken from Luke’s account of the raising of Jairus’ daughter from the dead.  It is a haunting fact that Luke tells us Jesus “called” to the girl after her death.  How many grieving mothers or father, or widows, or children have called in anguish for their beloved to return at the moment of death?  It is one of the primal agonies of human existence to call for that return — and to know that call cannot be answered.  And yet, against all hope, today’s gospel tells us the call can and will be answered!  And that God himself stands beside us, calling all those we have loved to life!  It is like the end of a fairy tale, only this fairy tale actually happened.  “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26).

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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