God’s Word of Life
Luke 8:40-56: Jesus returns to the other side of the lake and is back in Jewish territory where he is met by a large crowd. An official from the local synagogue begs Jesus to heal his daughter. Within the crowd is a woman who seeks to be healed; she approaches Jesus and touches his cloak.
Jesus said to her, “My daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
Jairus' Daughter and the Woman Who Touched Jesus' Cloak
(Matthew 9.18-26; Mark 5.21-43)
40When Jesus returned to the other side of the lake, the people welcomed him, because they had all been waiting for him. 41Then a man named Jairus arrived; he was an official in the local synagogue. He threw himself down at Jesus' feet and begged him to go to his home, 42because his only daughter, who was twelve years old, was dying.
As Jesus went along, the people were crowding him from every side. 43Among them was a woman who had suffered from severe bleeding for twelve years; she had spent all she had on doctors, but no one had been able to cure her. 44She came up in the crowd behind Jesus and touched the edge of his cloak, and her bleeding stopped at once. 45Jesus asked, “Who touched me?”
Everyone denied it, and Peter said, “Master, the people are all around you and crowding in on you.”
46But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I knew it when power went out of me.” 47The woman saw that she had been found out, so she came trembling and threw herself at Jesus' feet. There in front of everybody, she told him why she had touched him and how she had been healed at once. 48Jesus said to her, “My daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
49While Jesus was saying this, a messenger came from the official's house. “Your daughter has died,” he told Jairus; “don't bother the Teacher any longer.”
50But Jesus heard it and said to Jairus, “Don't be afraid; only believe, and she will be well.”
51When he arrived at the house, he would not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John, and James, and the child's father and mother. 52Everyone there was crying and mourning for the child. Jesus said, “Don't cry; the child is not dead—she is only sleeping!”
53They all made fun of him, because they knew that she was dead. 54But Jesus took her by the hand and called out, “Get up, child!” 55Her life returned, and she got up at once, and Jesus ordered them to give her something to eat. 56Her parents were astounded, but Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone what had happened.
Today we read about two more healings that Jesus performed. Jairus’s request for Jesus to heal his daughter is interrupted by the healing of a woman who, according to Levitical law, was ritually unclean because of her illness (Leviticus 15:19-30). What risk did she take by approaching Jesus? What did Jesus say to her? When Jesus arrives at Jairus’s house, why do the people make fun of him? What do these two healings teach us about faith?
Compassionate Lord, in your mercy you reach out to touch and heal. Empower me to be an instrument of your love and peace and to offer the comforting words of your saving love to those who are hurting and need your care. Amen.
Those serving in the medical field
Luke 9:1-17: Jesus sends out the twelve disciples to preach and heal.