Posted by: livingscripture | January 30, 2018

Fourth Tuesday in Ordinary Time



Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Week Four of Ordinary Time


WORD of the DAY 

She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.”  Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.  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: 28-30; 33-34)

How shall I live this Word?

The two miracles performed by Jesus and recounted in today’s Gospel, are found within each other because they have faith as the basis of what they have in common.  As Jesus is on His way to the house of Jairus to cure his daughter; He is surrounded by crowds of people.  An un-named woman, who has been suffering for many years from a flow of blood, tries to get close to Him.  She only wants to touch the hem of His garment because she is certain that a hidden touch would be enough to cure her.  Jesus did not need to know.  She was ashamed to speak aloud of her illness that rendered her ‘impure’ and forced her to live like a recluse, on the margins of society.  All she wanted was this miracle and no one needed to know about it.

But Jesus is immediately aware that a power has gone out of Him.  Jesus was, so to say, overpowered by this nameless woman and He was almost forced by the irresistible hand of her faith.  Jesus wants to know at least, who whose faith had released the miracle.  “Daughter, your faith has saved you.  God in peace and be cured of your illness”.

Jesus cannot resist these surprise touches and loves to be ‘overpowered’ by them, by true faith!  Jesus does not only cure this woman but restores her human freedom and dignity that was taken from her because of the kind of illness she had that forced her to a humiliating marginalization from the community.

O Lord, grant that I too may touch You with my faith and be healed of my maladies!

The Voice of St. Augustine

Here, touching represents faith.  Those who touch Christ believe in Him.  This is what the woman with the flow of blood did.  In fact, she said ‘If I touch the hem of His garment, I will be saved’.  She touched it with faith and obtained the hoped-for cure…As if Jesus wanted to say to her, ‘The crowd presses around me, but only faith touches me’.



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