July 6, 2015 Genesis 28: 10-22a; Matthew 9:18-26
Today’s Gospel has two stories that reveal a strong faith coming from two very different kinds of people. There is the official whose daughter had died … and a woman who suffered for twelve years with hemorrhages. These two … despite their different roles and problem … act in a very similar way. They each express a need in a desperate situation … they each demonstrate great faith. Each is fearless … almost bold … in proclaiming faith in the power of Jesus.
Each of these reaches out to Jesus … and Jesus enters into the hopelessness of these situations to bring about a positive result. Jesus brings a cure … Jesus brings life!
Jesus is clear in His response to them. He tells the woman … “your faith has saved you”. And He tells the father of the girl … “she is not dead”.
Jesus shows Himself to be the Lord of Life. He restores the girl’s physical life and restores her back to her family. He restores the woman’s health that allows her back into the life of the community. Both are made whole.
May we learn to reach out in faith … and believe that Jesus has the power and compassion to make us whole … to bring us life!