Scripture: Luke 8:40-56
Key Verses: 43-45 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.”
Reflection: When I think about this story, I am amazed by this woman’s faith. It is a pushy faith with a mix of bravado and humility. It is a faith that doesn’t quit.
The unclean woman who secretly pushed her way through the crowd only wanted to touch the cloak of Jesus. This is not entitled faith but a bold faith. She didn’t demand an explanation for her illness or even demand to be acknowledged. She touched the hem of his garment but it did not go unnoticed. Jesus was aware of the touch and the woman has no place to hide.
Jesus calls her “daughter,” accepting her and blessing her with peace.
Her pushy faith is affirmed. There is a lot we could learn from this woman with no name who pushes through her fears with courage and fear. May we learn to trust the one who has the ability to heal us and make us whole. May we find the courage to seek out what we need. Pushing our fears aside, may we claim a bold faith. Once healed, may I move forward in peace, the peace of Christ.
Prayer: Lord, make me whole. I trust in your power to transform, to bring healing and new life. In your Son’s holy name I pray. 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].