Two different attitudes concerning Death: the attitude of Jesus Christ and the attitude of man
Unless man is imbued with the spirit of Jesus Christ he cannot help adopting a fatalistic attitude toward Death. Death is for him the inevitable end, the sum of all misfortunes, and the greatest of all calamities. Most of the time man does not know how to react to it except with sorrow and tears, often bordering on despair.
Hardly anyone realizes that death, although at first a punishment for sin, was finally overcome and its status was changed from punishment to glory. Despite this, pagans still consider death a punishment, but now as a dual concept: death is not only a punishment, but also a chastisement which refuses to be redeemed or give up its status as the proper object of a curse.
Consequently, while Death before Christ indeed called for sorrow and tears, now, once man has rejected the salvation He came to bring us, Death has acquired and added the element of despairand a curse for those who suffer it, whether directly or indirectly.
The Daughter of Jairus
The episode of the resurrection of Jairus´ daughter, related by the three synoptic Gospels, includes two peculiar details that do not appear in other accounts relating miracles of a similar nature performed by Jesus Christ. These details, seemingly circumstantial and unimportant, are nevertheless worthy of attention and a more careful examination, as is usually the case with evangelical narrations.
Saint Mark is the only one who tells the first of these details when he points out Jesus´ reprimand to the crowd that had gathered in the house to mourn.
- Why make you this commotion and weep?
Regarding the second detail, the three synoptic Gospels tell Jesus´ strange and unusual words that caused laughter and mockery among the people:
- The damsel is not dead, but sleepet.
a) A Foolish Commotion
It is evident that Jesus´ reprimand to the crowd due to the commotion – why make you this commotion and weep? – holds an implicit warning about the senselessness of what was happening.