While he was saying these things to them, suddenly a leader of the synagogue came in and knelt before him, saying, ‘My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.’ And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples. Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, for she said to herself, ‘If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well.’ Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, ‘Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.’ And instantly the woman was made well. When Jesus came to the leader’s house and saw the flute-players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, ‘Go away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping.’ And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. And the report of this spread throughout that district.
Today is Monday the 8 July, in the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time.
The University of Johannesburg Choir sing Ndisondela Kuwe, I come to you in prayer, almighty God. You are worthy to be praised.
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Matthew.
There is a sense of urgency about the leader of the synagogue and the woman who had been suffering for twelve years; they both 'suddenly' appear on Jesus' way. On the face of it you might expect a person whose daughter had just died and a woman who had suffered for 12 years to be resigned to the worst. Yet the appearance of Jesus along the road seems to have filled them both with hope despite the hopelessness of their situation. Can you imagine what gave them the faith and hope to appeal to Jesus for healing?
If only you had the confidence of the synagogue leader and the woman who touched the fringe of Jesus' cloak. What would you ask for?
Listen to the story again and see which of the two characters you most identify with? And imagine the story from their point of view.
Is there anything in your own life that you would love to approach a healer with? Ask for any cure that is needed in your life.