Luke 8:42b-48Transforming Love Into Healing
Jesus moved along, almost crushed by the crowd. In the crowd was a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, and though she had spent all she had on physicians, no one could cure her. She came up behind Jesus and touched the fringe of Jesus' cloak, and immediately the bleeding stopped.
"Who touched me?" Jesus asked?
When no one nearby responded, Peter said, "Rabbi, it's the crowd pressing around you."
But Jesus said, "Someone touched me. I felt power leave me."
When the woman realized that she had been noticed, she approached in fear and knelt before Jesus. She explained in front of the crowd why she had touched Jesus and how she had been instantly healed.
Jesus said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace."
In her book Things Seen and Unseen: A Year Lived in Faith, Nora Gallagher writes: "In most of the other church seasons, we trace the life of Jesus--from expected arrival to resurrection, Advent to Eastertide. But in Ordinary Time we are in our own lives, living out the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost" (203).
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