Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” . . .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.” Mark 5: 30, 33-34
According to Old Testament purity laws, a menstruating woman because of her issue of blood was not only unclean but could contaminate other persons and objects that came in contact with her. Anyone who touched her was unclean until evening. If they touched her bed or whatever she sat on, they needed to bathe and wash all their clothes. In this condition she was feared and was effectively secluded from the responsibilities of homemaking and participating in the life of the community. She was probably not married or was childless. Unclean people were to remain far away from the tabernacle so she was also unable to worship God.
Believing that if she could only touch the tassels of Jesus’ cloak, she would be healed, she dared move into the crowd behind him. Jesus realized that power had gone out of him and asked who had touched him. She could have been exiled for touching a famous religious person, but she replied that she was the one. Jesus was not angry. He called her “daughter” and said her faith had healed her and to go in peace and be freed from her suffering of 12 years.
In Hagerstown and maybe even in our church, are there people who are excluded like this woman? Maybe they have difficulty participating because of a disability or we question them because of the color of their skin. Maybe it’s ourselves because we suffer from a poor self-image that keeps us from the joy of knowing Jesus. Whatever our real or imagined defect, can we go boldly to the throne of Christ our Savior and ask him to remove everything that separates us from his love?
Prayer: Jesus, in this moment please forgive all my sins and remove from me every unbelief that separates me from you. Lord, I do believe; please help my unbelief.