Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 25, 2012
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 25, 2012
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"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
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Jesus stopped for one person
"Immediately her haemorrhage stopped; and she felt
in her body that she was healed of her disease.
Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him,
Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, 'Who touched
my clothes?' And his disciples said to him, 'You see
the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, "Who
touched me?"' He looked all round to see who had done
it. 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.'"
Even as the eager crowd pressed about him, Jesus felt
his remarkable power reach out and heal someone. He
stopped in his tracks while the excited crowd breathlessly
awaited his words. Slowly surveying the crowd, Jesus asked
them, "who touched my clothes?" His baffled inner circle
of disciples were impatient at what they felt was a
needless delay. Time was of the essence. "But Jesus,"
they probably responded, "with this enormous crowd, many
people have been pressing against you. Perhaps we should
hurry, for the sick little girl is near death and awaiting
your healing touch."
In fear and trembling, the formerly ill and desperate woman
came forward. It was obvious to her that Jesus would not
move on until she identified herself. Although it was
considered highly improper for a Jewish woman to speak
publicly to a man not her husband, she mustered every
ounce of courage, and reluctantly came forward. While
all eyes were riveted on her, she quietly shared the
whole truth of her illness and suffering to Jesus and
the gaping crowd. For a moment, time seemed to stand
still as the pathos of her life touched their hearts.
Jesus listened intently. He then kindly and publicly
blessed her act of faith and restored the tremulous woman
back into meaningful community. "Daughter," said Jesus,
"your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed
from your suffering." By saying this, he spoke with an
authority his listeners and critics alike would honor.
Jesus respected the desperate woman's courage and gladly
affirmed her healing, thus restoring her status as a
religiously clean and healthy person to her local
religious and social community. Her neighbors, friends,
and family would no longer fear being near her. The
healed woman could now entertain, experience meaningful
touch by the people who loved her, and attend public
functions in town and her synagogue. She was an outcast
no longer. Jesus healed much more than her physical
illness. He had healed the deepest needs of her soul.
What can we take from this story and apply to our own
lives? There are many lessons here. Perhaps the most
important is that when one person reaches out to Jesus,
he stops and compassionately listens. As he healed the
deepest needs of this sick woman's soul, so he can heal
our hurts and loneliness. Jesus continues even to this
day, to bring isolated people into affirming community
and deeper relationship with God. But first we must
reach out in faith.
Heal us, O Christ, as you have healed the deepest needs
of this sick woman. May we too, experience healing faith
and your peace, and experience freedom from our human
Grace and peace,
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