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Psalm 130                      2 Samuel 1:1, 7-27      

2 Corinthians 8:7-15                       Mark 5:21-43


     John is 97 years old.  He knows that the end is near.  But as he lies in bed, he sniffs the air.  “Yes,” he thought to himself, “I do smell my favorite chocolate-chip cookies being baked by my wife. I must have one last cookie before I die.”  He struggles out of bed.  Walks very slowly down the stairs.  It takes a long time.  He is very weak, every step is painful.  Gasping for breath, he wheezes and coughs as he enters the kitchen.  He walks toward the table and sees a moist chocolate chip cookie.  Just as he reaches for it, his wife whacks his hand with a spatula.  John stares in amazement, “Why did you do that?”  His wife replies, “Those are for the funeral.” 

       How often are we told to plan our days that we may be more productive?  Sometimes, well-planned days have to be transformed. Sometimes, we are called to change our plans when a special need arises.  Sometimes, interruptions, detours and unexpected demands take the place of our plans.  

     Jesus knew about responding to immediate needs.  We just heard the story of two people in great distress. They interrupt and rearrange Jesus’ day. We see and experience his willingness to redirect his attention because of these heartfelt pleas.   He seems to take the interruptions and the reordering of his day in stride.  We hear no flash of anger, or