Joy out of sorrow

John’s disciples came to Jesus and asked him, “Why don’t your disciples fast like we and the Pharisees do?”

“How can wedding guests mourn,” asked Jesus, “while they’re still celebrating with the groom? But a day will come when the groom is taken away from them – then they’ll fast.

“Would you patch old clothing with a piece of new cloth? No, because the new patch would shrink and pull away from the old cloth, making the tear worse than before. “And you don’t pour new wine into old wineskins, because the old skins would simply burst, spilling the wine and ruining the wineskins. No, new wine is poured into new wineskins, so that both are preserved.”

As Jesus was speaking, the leader of a synagogue came and knelt before him.

“My daughter has just died,” he said. “But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.”

So Jesus and his disciples got up and went with him.

Just then a woman who had suffered from a haemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, saying to herself, “If I could only touch the edge of his cloak, I would be healed.”

Jesus turned and saw her.

“Take heart,“ he said to the woman. “Your faith has made you well.” And she was healed at that very moment.

When Jesus went into the synagogue leader’s home and saw a noisy crowd playing music, he said to them, “Go away! The girl isn’t dead, but only asleep.”

The crowd laughed at him, but after they had been ushered out, Jesus went to the girl, took her by the hand, and she got up.

Then news of this event spread throughout the entire region.

Matthew

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