Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 4, A.D. 2005
Psalm 91:1-4, 14-15
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Today's Gospel is one of my favorites because it illustrates two important
points; first, the incredible loving concern that Jesus has for us in our
afflictions; and two, the great value of perseverance and faith.
Now, to many, the story of the woman who suffered hemorrhage for 12 years
doesn't sound like an instance where (if you were Jesus) you'd display your
power. After all, she was "only a woman", her problem was not
life-threatening, and she transgressed all conventional rules by appearing
in public. In the truest sense for the Jews of her time, she was
"unclean." Yet, Jesus paid attention to her, understood the tremendous
effect that her malady had on her entire sense of wellness and responded
with unprecedented love.
For her part the woman was willing to take a chance and received healing. It
begs us to consider what it is that interferes with our sense of well-being,
what it is that keeps us isolated and apart from others as if we were
unclean, and to take the same risk as the woman did to seek the healing
grace of Jesus.
O Lord, all my hope is in Your mercy.
- Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
(drn3rd at hotmail dot com)
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