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Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

“While Jesus was speaking, an official came forward, knelt down before him, and said, ‘My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.’ Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples. A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. She said to herself, ‘If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.’ Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, ‘Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.’ And from that hour the woman was cured.” (Matthew 9:18-22)

In this passage, Jesus performs two healings: He heals a bleeding woman and restores a girl to life. While the passage focuses on the official’s daughter, it is the woman’s faith and perseverance that captivates my attention. When I consider her actions, it causes me to stop and wonder what it takes to have that kind of faith. After 12 years, the woman believes that she only needs to extend her hand and touch Jesus’ cloak in order to be cured. She touches just the tassels on his cloak, and yet she still has faith that she will be cured. There is no doubt or room for questioning. Jesus is all that she needs. It’s a beautiful story of faith and healing.

Faith can be complex and confusing. Here, we are reminded that faith can be as simple as recognizing Jesus in our midst, recognizing our own need to be healed and reaching out to embrace Him. And here’s the other great part: Jesus sees us. Jesus saw the woman, recognized her faith and healed her. Like this woman, we can have the faith to reach out to Jesus, knowing that He will respond.

Faithful God,

You see our pain and fears.

Help us to seek You, knowing that You will respond.


BryAnn Becker Knecht
Writer/Editor, Avera

HOSEA 2:16, 17C-18, 21-22 • PSALM 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9• MATTHEW 9:18-26

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