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Mark 5:21-43: Seek Christ – Part II

Paolo Veronese: Christ and the Woman with the Issue of Blood

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Jairus’ Daughter and the Woman with a Hemorrhage

The evangelist Mark writes this portion of his story by weaving several strands together – thus replicating the manner in which we all live – and asking us to take a closer look.  Jesus sets off to perform one task and is interrupted by the needs of another.  Once he interacts with the un-named woman, he returns to his original task to complete it – even though circumstances have changed and the case appears to be hopeless. In this way, Mark expresses so much more about Jesus’ essence than his words convey.  He tells us that:

  • Jesus perseveres – and as citizens of the new kingdom, so must we all.
  • Jesus hopes – and as people who believe in the new kingdom, so should we all.
  • Jesus suffers – and as servants in the new kingdom, so will we all.
  • Jesus heals – and as apostles in the new kingdom, so should we all.
  • Jesus admonishes – and as disciples in the new kingdom, so shall we all.
  • Jesus loves – and as lovers of Christ, so are we all required to love.

In today’s reading we see Jesus surrounded by the flock.  We see him wading among the people, being open, being present, holding a standard, carrying the lambs.

What a wonderful brother, father, lover and redeemer.  We, too, may reach out to touch his cloak at any minute as it flutters ahead of us, just within reach.  We, too, can expect to be raised by his hand when we move from this life to the next.  We, too, are his beloved.  We can await no greater words than the words we hear today, Daughter, your faith has saved you.  Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.

Jesus speaks to us in these words.  Jesus touches, cures, challenges, and sends us forth to heal in his name.  As members of this new kingdom, nothing more is required of us.  And nothing less.

For more on hemorrhages in Biblical times, visit: http://biblehub.com/topical/h/hemorrhage.htm

From November 2, 2007.

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