By now they had arrived at the house of the town official, and pushed
their way through the gossips looking for a story and the neighbours
bringing in casseroles. Jesus was abrupt: “Clear out! This girl
isn’t dead. She’s sleeping.” They told him he didn’t know what he was
talking about. But when Jesus had gotten rid of the crowd, he went in,
took the girl’s hand, and pulled her to her feet—alive. The news was
soon out, and traveled throughout the region.
Matthew 9 23-26
So this is the Message account of Jesus raising the Official’s Daughter from the dead. And I love it! Not for the super spiritual obvious reason that you might think but because I have seen the way Christians react around tragedy and this is spot on. The way we gather and don’t know what to say – because what is there to say? We just want to be there to support and to give something. But what is there to give in a situation like this? Well people need to eat I suppose – so let’s cook…a casserole! Everyone loves a casserole. (Practical too because you can freeze it and warm it up) Now I suppose I could be a bit negative and say that instead of people turning to Jesus they messed around with ineffectual things like casseroles and there is some truth in that. But, while we are getting round to coming to our senses and coming to God for help, there’s a lot to be said for reaching out to people in a loving practical way. “By their casseroles, ye shall know them” – as the King James Version almost certainly never says.