Tabitha, which means antelope or gazelle in Aramaic, is remembered for her good works and acts of charity: for the clothes she has made for widows.
She is one of the very few people who come back or wake up from death. The story reminds us of Jairus’ daughter, who Jesus calls: Talitha, which means little girl in Aramaic. In that story there is also a crowd of weeping people who are put outside. Both Jesus and Peter take the hand of the girl and of the woman.
The big difference in the stories is that with Talitha nobody is to know about it while in Tabitha’s story it becomes known and many believed in the Lord. Now that Jesus has suffered and is exalted (different from the getting up that Tabitha and Talitha do) the secret is out and everybody may know about it.
I cannot help wondering what it is like to have to come back from death to continue good works and be a marvel for many. Maybe Tabitha’s second sacrifice (her getting up from death) is bigger than her first (her acts of charity). What sacrifice is asked of us as a witness to the resurrection of Jesus Christ?
17 April 2016
This weekly blog on one of the lectionary readings is by Anne Claar Thomasson-Rosingh, Programme Leader for Lifelong Learning at Sarum College.