This passage has helped many begin or deepen their prayerful interaction with Jesus. Jesus is remarkably present, available, and compassionate in these stories. Do you long to be well and risk reaching out in faith for the Healer? Do you long to be known? Are you fed up with the voices that beckon you to give up? Come back to this passage again and again in your prayer. You may be surprised at how Jesus meets you in this story and the transformation he brings about over time. Be blessed.
Mark 5:21-36 The Message
21-24 After Jesus crossed over by boat, a large crowd met him at the seaside. One of the meeting-place leaders named Jairus came. When he saw Jesus, he fell to his knees, beside himself as he begged, “My dear daughter is at death’s door. Come and lay hands on her so she will get well and live.” Jesus went with him, the whole crowd tagging along, pushing and jostling him.
25-29 A woman who had suffered a condition of hemorrhaging for twelve years—a long succession of physicians had treated her, and treated her badly, taking all her money and leaving her worse off than before—had heard about Jesus. She slipped in from behind and touched his robe. She was thinking to herself, “If I can put a finger on his robe, I can get well.” The moment she did it, the flow of blood dried up. She could feel the change and knew her plague was over and done with.
30 At the same moment, Jesus felt energy discharging from him. He turned around to the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?”
31 His disciples said, “What are you talking about? With this crowd pushing and jostling you, you’re asking, ‘Who touched me?’ Dozens have touched you!”
32-33 But he went on asking, looking around to see who had done it. The woman, knowing what had happened, knowing she was the one, stepped up in fear and trembling, knelt before him, and gave him the whole story.
34 Jesus said to her, “Daughter, you took a risk of faith, and now you’re healed and whole. Live well, live blessed! Be healed of your plague.”
35 While he was still talking, some people came from the leader’s house and told him, “Your daughter is dead. Why bother the Teacher any more?”
36 Jesus overheard what they were talking about and said to the leader, “Don’t listen to them; just trust me.”
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.