READINGS for 2006-07-10
Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, ?Courage daughter! Your faith has saved you.? ? Matthew 9:22
My sister confided in me that she had recently had a doctor examine and test her case of mayoma. To take away her anxieties, I invited her to a prayer meeting for a prayer for healing.
Lord Jesus, heal my brokenness.
Hosea 2:16, 17-18, 21-22
The prophet Hosea introduces a new type of imagery for the relationship that God has with His people. The covenant is expressed in terms of love rather than laws. Couple this with the marriage imagery and we discover a new and very appealing way to examine the covenant that God has made with His people. It sets the scene for some of the teachings of Jesus that give a central place to love and we can see that the Jews did have a basis upon which to understand the teachings of Jesus in this area.
16 So I will allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart. 17 From there I will give her the vineyards she had, and the valley of Achor as a door of hope. She shall respond there as in the days of her youth, when she came up from the land of Egypt. 18 On that day, says the LORD, She shall call me ?My husband,? and never again ?My baal.? 21 I will espouse you to me forever: I will espouse you in right and in justice, in love and in mercy; 22 I will espouse you in fidelity, and you shall know the LORD.
P S A L M
Psalm 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
R: The Lord is gracious and merciful.
2 Every day will I bless you, and I will praise your name forever and ever. 3 Great is the LORD and highly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable. (R) 4 Generation after generation praises your works and proclaims your might. 5 They speak of the splendor of your glorious majesty and tell of your wondrous works. (R) 6 They discourse of the power of your terrible deeds and declare your greatness. 7 They publish the fame of your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your justice. (R) 8 The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness. 9 The LORD is good to all and compassionate toward all his works. (R)
G O S P E L
These two miracles demonstrate the power and authority that Jesus has over sickness and death. We should never doubt that God could heal us when we are ill. This does not mean that He will always do so. But if we do not ask Him how else will we discover what His will is in any given situation? We may not always understand why God does or does not do things, but we should never allow this to keep us from asking Him for what we need or desire.
18 While he was saying these things to them, an official came forward, knelt down before him, and said, ?My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.? 19 Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples. 20 A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. 21 She said to herself, ?If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.? 22 Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, ?Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.? And from that hour the woman was cured. 23 When Jesus arrived at the official?s house and saw the flute players and the crowd who were making a commotion, 24 he said, ?Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping.? And they ridiculed him. 25 When the crowd was put out, he came and took her by the hand, and the little girl arose. 26 And news of this spread throughout all that land.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Sirach 40-43
ONE TOUCH IS ENOUGH FOR HER
The story of the healing of the woman with a hemorrhage is truly remarkable in its simplicity and spectacular results. It is important to remember that the Jews would have considered this woman unclean. This means that if she were to touch anyone, they too would be unclean! Yet we do not see any concern in the reaction of Jesus along this line of thought. It seems to me that for Jesus there are far more important principles at stake than some ritual understanding of being ?clean? or ?unclean.?
Lord, I believe but help me to overcome the areas of unbelief in my heart. Lord, there are times that I doubt but not because I want to doubt but because I am weak. Help me to overcome my weaknesses through the gifts and graces that the Holy Spirit offers to me.
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