Posted by: livingscripture | February 3, 2009

Fourth Tuesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years. She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had spent all that she had.  Yet she was not helped but only grew worse.  She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak.  She said, ‘If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured’.         (Mark 5, 25-28)


How should we live this Word


This episode of a woman exhausted by continual hemorrhaging is very interesting.  It is inserted into the account of the synagogue official,  Jairus, who pleads for his dying daughter who dies.  Let us remain a moment on this unstoppable loss of blood that is clearly a symbol for the loss of life, the absolute lack of vital energy.  The woman does not pretend to plead her cause with the Teacher.  She is content with touching the hem of His mantle.  Be attentive!  Hers is not a gesture of mere anguish but a daring decision of faith.  Jesus is aware of this and approves of it.  ‘Daughter, your faith has saved you’. 


woman-w-hemorrage1The loss of blood is a symbol of the loss of joy in living our daily existence.  There is no longer love of God or of our sisters and brothers.  It is like the premature death of the official’s daughter.  This Jesus who heals by the mere touch of His mantle’s hem, He who raises the official’s daughter, is the triumph of life over that which causes its loss.  This is ‘the victory that conquers the world, our faith’, St. Paul tells us.  It allows the Lord to erupt as a healing power, as a vital force in those sicknesses of our spiritual life that are so insidious and that suffocate joy.


In my pause for silent contemplation today, I will verify what causes the loss of enthusiasm and ardor in my spiritual life.  I will ask to ‘touch’ the Lord with a life that is truly one of active faith in love.


Here I am Jesus, to touch You in faith.  Grant that it may grow in me each day and each moment.


The voice of St. Ambrose, Church doctor


She began to hope in a remedy that could save her.  She knew that the time had come because she presented herself to a heavenly doctor.  She got up to go meet the Word.  She saw Him surrounded by the crowd.  But those who press around Him do not believe.  Only those who touch Him believe.  Jesus is touched by faith, is seen by faith.

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