Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, ‘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.’ So he went with him. And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, ‘If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well. ’Immediately her haemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched my clothes?’ And his disciples said to him, ‘You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, “Who touched me?” ’ He looked all round to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.’ (Mark 5:22-34) Our Gospel lesson for this week contains two remarkable stories of healing: a little girl raised from the dead and a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. But there is so much more going on than first meets the eye. Here are a couple of thoughts: First, I heard a New Testament scholar say a number of years ago that many of our Lord’s miracles are performed on his way to do something else. That is, Jesus allows himself to be interrupted. He does not insist on his time schedule; he is not bound to his calendar. (Although, I’m sure that Jairus was frantically wanting Jesus to hurry on.) In other words, the Lord of the Universe makes room for those who would be an interruption to his plans. How about you and me? Do we allow interruptions in our schedules to become moments for the remarkable to happen or are we too busy rushing by for the next appointment? Second, after the women who has been bleeding identifies herself, Jesus calls her Daughter! Not only has she been healed, she has been restored to the community, which would have shunned her because of her perpetual ceremonial uncleanness. Jesus accepts interruptions so that he may interrupt the sad trajectory of a world where so often people are not only sick, but they are also out casts. God cares about all his daughters and sons and desires to heal them in so many ways. Are you and I willing to be interrupted so that we might become participants in our Lord’s glorious interruption of a sad and lonely culture?