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Jesus heals a sick woman

Jesus heals a sick woman
Bible Accent: Herbs used to treat illness
Saint for Today: St. Peter

Jesus heals a sick woman

By the time Jesus had crossed the lake in a boat, word of his approaching had spread and a large crowd of people was waiting for him on the opposite shore. In the crowd was a man named Jairus, who was an official of the synagogue. He knelt down in front of Jesus and said, “My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live.” Jesus went with the man and the crowd followed along.
There was a woman in the crowd who had been sick for 12 years. She had been to many doctors and spent all of her money, but nothing had made her well. She continued to become sicker as time passed. She had heard how Jesus had healed many people. She said to herself, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.”
She pressed through the other people until she reached Jesus. Then she extended her hand and touched his cloak. As soon as she did, she was healed.
Jesus knew that healing power had passed out of him, so her turned and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?”
His disciples were surprised by his question, and they asked him, “You see how the crowd is pressing upon you, and yet you ask, ‘Who touched me?’” Jesus nodded and continued to look around into the crowd.
The woman came forward to Jesus, trembling with fear. She told him everything that had happened to her, and why she had touched him. Jesus smiled, held out his hand and helped the woman to stand up straight. “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”
Before the woman had gone back to her home, several servants from the home of the synagogue official met up with the man and Jesus. They said to their master, “You daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?” But Jesus said to the man, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” Jesus continued on until they reached the man’s house. He entered the house, but only allowed Peter, James and John to come in with him. The family and servants were crying because of the death of the young girl.
Jesus asked, “Why this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep.” Jesus went into the room where the girl was, along with her parents. He said, “Little girl, I say to you arise!” The girl immediately got up and walked around the room.

Mark 5
1. What happened to the woman when she touched Jesus?
2. What did Jesus say to the official when he heard his daughter had died?

Bible Accent: Herbs used to treat illness

During the time when Jesus walked the earth with his disciples, there were no modern hospitals with sophisticated medical equipment and highly trained doctors and nurses. Many of the health practices followed at the time were based on the laws given to Moses hundreds of years before.
The doctors that did practice medicine learned basic anatomy and what little was known of diseases. Oils, spices and herbs were used by apothecaries, similar to the pharmacists of today, to treat illness or to try to treat wounds or burns. Many people came to Jesus for healing, and he cured many of them. We should always pray for people today who are sick or who are facing health challenges.

Saint for Today: St. Peter

Peter (d. 64), who was known as Simon before he became an apostle of Jesus, was a fisherman and the brother of Andrew, who was also an apostle.
Peter became one of the most important early followers of Jesus. He made what we call “the Great Confession” when he said to Jesus, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God,” yet ironically he also denied knowing Jesus after the Lord had been arrested. After Jesus ascended into heaven, Peter spoke to the crowd when the Holy Spirit came down on the house where he and other Christians had been praying. He preached and performed miracles that are recounted in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, and he wrote several letters that are part of the New Testament.
We honor Peter on June 29.

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