Healing involves more than the physical. It often includes the emotional and the spiritual as well. Often getting “better” physically is easier than emotionally or spiritually because a prescription usually puts our bodies on the mend. When we are broken emotionally or spiritually, the process of healing is usually more complex than a pill.
Yet when one is physically ill for a long period of time, it does affect your emotional and spiritual well-being also. Try to imagine being the woman in today’s scripture – afflicted with a bleeding problem for 12 years, unclean according to Jewish Law, broke because she has spent everything trying to get better. Think what this has done to her mind and spirit.
Yet inside her still flickers a bit of hope. She hears that Jesus is nearby. She works her way through the crowd and sneaks up behind Him. In faith she touches His cloak. Talk about faith – “If I just touch His cloak…” The bleeding stops. She knows at once that she has been healed. Imagine what that meant to her – able to be a part of society again, able to go into the temple, able to start to reassemble her life. Jesus blesses her and sends her on her way.
“Your faith has healed you. Go in peace. Be freed from your suffering.” Powerful words. Powerful words spoken to you and me as well. Words offered to us for our physical, emotional, and spiritual healing and wholeness. Like the woman, we need to reach out to Jesus. Like her, we need to go to Him in faith. And like her, we too can feel His power released into our lives. Go to Jesus.
Scripture reference: Mark 5: 25-34