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Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 109

Filed under: Bach Cantatas,General,Music — Patterico @ 12:26 am

It is the sixth Sunday after Pentecost. The title of today’s Bach cantata is “Ich glaube, lieber Herr, hilf meinem Unglauben” (I believe, dear Lord, help my unbelief):

Today’s Gospel reading is Mark 5:21-43.

Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman

When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” So Jesus went with him.

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

“You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”

But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”

Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him.

After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.

The text of today’s piece is available here. The final chorus contains these words:

Whoever hopes in God and trusts in Him,
will never be put to shame;
for whoever builds on this rock,
although at the moment he be beset
by many misfortunes, yet I have never seen
those people fail
who rely on God’s consolation;
He helps all His faithful ones.

Trust in God, and He will help you. This passage, about Jesus healing a child thought lost, speaks to me deeply on this Sunday. Yesterday a friend sent me this passage from Psalm 34:

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all;
he protects all his bones,
not one of them will be broken.


Happy listening!

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

16 Responses to “Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 109”

  1. And yet they would not believe as we see in like 11

    Narciso (28ee45)

  2. Thank you for your weekly attempts to turn our minds from lesser things.

    John Boddie (35ca22)

  3. When did we stop relying on the Word, certainly Engel v vitals was key landmark

    Narciso (112701)

  4. This is when we started trust in men over God almighty.

    Narciso (112701)

  5. What is most important is not the miracle, but the change it brings

    narciso (d1f714)

  6. I always look forward to your Sunday Music. For me, Back’s cantatas have always been sort of like a fifth gospel. Thanks.

    Roger (c31183)

  7. “…help my unbelief.”

    Lovely music. And, since we’ve already had more than enough Conversation. Now may we turn to other tasks? We have big fish to fry.

    For example: today’s Washington Times has an important opinion piece by Todd Wood, entitled:

    America really did have a Manchurian Candidate in the White House

    One quote:

    If you look at the evidence, there really is no other conclusion.

    ropelight (6e3815)

  8. I try to keep these posts apolitical, ropelight.

    Patterico (beeefc)

  9. This Cantata is one of my favorite. Thank you for these important posts, and May God continue to bless you and yours abundantly.

    felipe (023cc9)

  10. My mistake, had I known your preference I would have put my off-topic comment at the the Communication string. I apologize and I assure you the error won’t be repeated, at least not by me.

    ropelight (6e3815)

  11. There is something about the Word unadorned, not commentaries which Jesus complained about in Luke 11

    narciso (d1f714)

  12. Thank you for sharing such inspiring music videos. I visit your blog regularly to lift my soul. Keep up the good work.

    Tony Polar (0f4b01)

  13. I had noticed your music posts previously, but hadn’t read them. Seeing this one, and noting that you posted the reading from Sunday’s Mass, ought I to assume that you are a fellow Catholic?

    The very Catholic Dana (7ec1ff)

  14. The very Catholic Dana,

    No. I was raised in the Episcopal Church but currently attend a Lutheran Church.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  15. Thank you for sharing such inspiring music videos. I visit your blog regularly to lift my soul. Keep up the good work.

    Thank you Tony.

    Patterico (115b1f)

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