Holy interruptions…

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Mark 5:21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. 22 Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23 and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” 24 So he went with him. And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25 Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years… 27 She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” 29 Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32 He looked all around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” 

Some random thoughts I have regarding this passage:

Jesus was on his way to attend to Jairus’ daughter when a suffering woman approached him and was healed by him. It would have been forbidden for a woman in her condition to touch a rabbi, so she likely expected Jesus to fuss at her – but he didn’t. Instead he blessed her.

I also find it interesting this healing story took place in the middle of another healing story that was unfolding. In essence Jesus was interrupted while on his way to Jairus’ house. We are told that Jairus was a leader of the synagogue, a sort of VIP. Certainly he would have been closer to the top of the local food-chain than the bottom. The woman with the persistent hemorrhage would have been closer to the bottom. Jesus heals in both cases.

Lord never let us be in too big a hurry to bless people in need. Amen.

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