And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” And he looked around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
Comment: We are introduced to a woman who has a long term severe but obviously not fatal disease. The medical profession of the day and possibly many types of ‘quacks’ have failed her. Having heard a lot about the healing ministry of Jesus she, in faith, (Jesus’ words in this passage) decides to see Him. But she is timid and afraid to make to make a frontal approach, so sneaks up and touches his garments. Not the touch, but her faith heals her! Jesus does a second job of healing – He takes away her timidity, causes her to declare the whole story and sent her away a healed, whole person.
Prayer: Let me approach You in true faith, not doubting Who You are and what You can do.