Scripture: Luke 8:40-56
Key verses: (43-48) 43 Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years; and though she had spent all she had on physicians, no one could cure her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his clothes, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped. 45 Then Jesus asked, “Who touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and press in on you.” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; for I noticed that power had gone out from me.” 47 When the woman saw that she could not remain hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before him, she declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”
Reflection: Women are prominent in Jesus’ ministry but there’s something distinctive about Jesus’ encounter with the woman who touched the hem of his garment. She came to Jesus desperate but she could not even get close because of the crowds. This might have not been the best time for Jesus, but she could not wait.
She believed in Jesus and his ability to change lives so she reached out and touched the hem of his garment. Amazingly, her bold touch caught the attention of Jesus. He stopped right where he was. The irony of this story is that dozens of people had been touching Jesus in these few minutes of moving towards the house of Jarius but only one had touched Jesus with a desperate faith.
Faith is often expressed at that broken, growing edge of life that is acquainted with fear. This woman of bold faith has spent twelve years in sickness, embarrassment, and frustration. She reached out at her weakest moment. I don’t know about you, but I am not usually reaching out in my worst moments. This boldness of this women invites us to reach out. When we do, Jesus is there.
Prayer: God, help us see everyone as someone worthy of love. Loved by you and loved by us. Guide us to be bold in our faith and not afraid of our brokenness. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].