Over the past several days, Christ’s immense power has been the focus of the posts.  Today’s Gospel from the Mass (Mark 5:21-43) offers an insight to the love and tenderness of Our Lord.  An excerpt:

[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, Ja’irus by name; and seeing him, he fell at his feet, [23] and besought him, 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….

[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 ignoring 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.

…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, “Tal’itha cu’mi”; which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” [42] And immediately the girl got up and walked (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.

Here is a beautiful, moving demonstration of the tenderness of Our Lord Jesus Christ:

Jesus Christ is both tough and tender.  A powerful God who uses His power to heal and forgive.

There is hope for all the “Little Lambs” of the world.