Posted by: livingscripture | February 3, 2015

Fourth Tuesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“She said, ‘If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.’  Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, ‘Who has touched my clothes?’  The woman, realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling.  She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth.  He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has saved you.  Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.’.”

(Mark 5: 21-34)

 How should we live this Wordwoman w hemorrage

As Jesus is walking toward the home of Jairus to heal his little daughter, the crowds press Him on every side.  An unknown woman afflicted with hemorrhages for many years is in the crowd.  She wishes only to touch His clothing because she is sure that the hidden touch was enough to cure her.  Jesus did not need to know.  She was ashamed to speak of her malady that marked her as ‘impure’ and forced her to live as a recluse at the margins of society.  She would be satisfied with a fast miracle unknown to anyone.The two miracles recounted in today’s Gospel are interwoven with each other because the basis of each one is faith as the only thing necessary.

But Jesus was immediately aware that power had gone out from His body.  It happened without His knowing it.  The Teacher had been ‘outdone’ by that unknown woman who had almost mysteriously and irresistibly forced His hand with her faith.  But now Jesus wants to know who she is, who had won Him with her faith.  It was in fact her faith that had wrought the miracle.  “Daughter, your faith has saved you.  Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”   Jesus cannot resist this ‘sleight of hand’ and loves to be overcome by faith!

Jesus not only gives this woman bodily healing, but also her human freedom and dignity that had been taken from her through her female illness and that had sent her to a humiliating marginalization.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will come before Jesus and ‘overwhelm’ Him with my faith and love.

Lord, let me touch You with my faith so that I may be healed of my maladies. 

The Voice of St. Augustine

That touch represents faith.  Touch Christ you who believe in Christ.  The woman with the flow of blood said, ‘if I can only touch his clothes, I will be saved”.  She touched it with faith and obtained the healing she hoped for.  It is as though Jesus wanted to say, ‘the crowd pressed on Me, but only faith touched me’.

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