Mark 5:25-30 NLT
A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition. Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?”
Reflection . . .
What’s most interesting in this story of Jesus healing the woman is that her act of faith is radical. Now, it may not seem so radical to us at first reading of this story, but in those days and in that culture, just the fact of her bleeding and impurity would have caused great concern for a Jewish teacher and leader. Her act of faith, her diliberate and intentional response to what she knew of Jesus brought healing to her body.
This story is within another story of a man who comes and asks Jesus to come and heal his daughter. Here too, it is the faith of the man in response to what he knew of Jesus that made all the difference. Radical!? Perhaps it was just an act of “getting what you really want in life”, a deep need that had to be satisfied. Yet, isn’t that exactly how the Lord wants us to come to him, in faith, just as we are no matter who we are, what we’ve done or whether we’ve got it all together or not? Respond in a very practical way to what you know of Jesus no matter what your need – that’s radical faith!