In our office space hangs a breath-taking painting Jean chose many years ago entitled, "Who Touched Me?" Jesus is portrayed looking towards the nondescript faces of the crowd; searching and seeking to know the one who risked trusting him. As a community and in our retreats we often return to this passage and lean in to hear Jesus' invitation to us personally. He longs to know us intimately and for us to know ourselves in his presence. Reach out again today to touch him and allow yourself to be known anew.
Mark 5:21-34 NIV
When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him.
A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”
32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
For Reflection and Prayer:
Place yourself in the story. Is there a particular character you are drawn to?
What do you notice? What is stirring within you?
What did you hear as you listened to the text? How did it affect you?
Journal your conversation with Jesus about what you noticed, heard or experienced.
What is it like for you to tell Jesus your whole truth? to be fully known before him? How does he meet you there?