“He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.'”
Laughing at Jesus
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The woman knew she could not simply walk through the crowd of people to speak to Jesus. So she tried to sneak up behind him and just touch the hem of his garment. It was a crazy plan but she pulled it off and she was immediately healed! That’s when Jesus halted the parade to call everyone’s attention to this woman.
Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?”
But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
In that moment, Jesus gave this woman so much more than physical healing. He gave her wholeness. He gave her wellness. Jesus himself made sure everyone was watching and listening, and then he called her daughter. Jesus put her back into the family, back into the community, and into the presence of God.
Questions to Ponder/Discuss
1. Where do you find yourself in this story? Do you identify most closely with the suffering woman? A curious bystander in the crowd? One of Jesus’s followers? A critic of this breach of tradition and religious standards?
2. What made this woman think touching the cloak of Jesus could bring healing?
3. For you, how does this passage connect with some of the historical events occurring recently in our nation?
As people of faith, may we proceed into these tumultuous times with humility and faith in the one leading the way to our neighbor in need.