Today’s gospel profiles a miracle within a miracle. That is how God works. He isn’t content just to work one miracle at a time. It’s like the time I went to the hospital. While I was there with someone, another person came over asking me to visit their loved one. God works that way. The second thing that strikes me about our readings today is that Jesus takes the girl by the hand. That is how personal our God is. He isn’t just working miracles from the sky. They are as real, as personal as a hand outstretched to us. Jacob’s ladder we hear about in our first reading, it’s an image of our ascent to heaven. We’d fall a thousand times without God’s hand reaching down for us. One step at a time, hand in hand, we make our climb.