Jairus’ Daughter and the Woman with the Flow of Blood

This meditation is based on a passage for March 8, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Mark 5:21-43

Reflection and Question: Two unnamed women are healed here, the daughter of a leader of the synagogue and the woman who touches the hem of Jesus’ cloak. Most women would sympathize with the suffering caused by a twelve-year constant flow of blood. When we remember that blood was unclean and that faithful Jews would have shunned her, we can really understand how bold she was to seek Jesus for healing. Though the crowd pressed around Him, Jesus knew power had gone forth from Him. He commends her faith and charges Jairus to believe. What inspires you most in this story?

Prayer: Heal us, Emmanuel, hear our prayer; we wait to feel thy touch;
Deep wounded souls to thee repair, and Savior, we are such.
She, too, who touched thee in the press and healing virtue stole, was answered, “Daughter, go in peace: thy faith hath made thee whole.”
Like her, with hopes and fears we come to touch thee if we may;
O send us not despairing home, send none unhealed away.
(William Cowper 1779)