In today’s gospel we have two stories of faith; the raising of the Jairus’ daughter and the cure of the woman with a haemorrhage. Matthew intertwines the stories, starting first with the request from Jairus to help his daughter and then moving on to the woman with the haemorrhage.
Both stories are wonderful examples of faith. ‘My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her and her life will be saved,” says Jairus. ‘If I can only touch his cloak I shall be well again,” said the woman. Jesus responds to their faith by doing what they ask. We are not told in this gospel if the woman touches the cloak of Jesus or not. We are left wondering if Jesus had some divine foreknowledge of her condition or if she had touched him. Similarly, in the house of Jairus, the people laugh at Jesus when he says the girl is asleep, so Jesus put them out of the room before he worked the miracle.
Perhaps Jesus is telling us that he will not work miracles in front of people who don’t believe. Such actions would be showmanship on behalf of Jesus and not a response to genuine faith. It is the same for us. Genuine faith is something between us and God, not a show or display, but something deep within our hearts.