Isn't it interesting in today's gospel that Jesus links healing with peace? “Go in peace”, he says.
The woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years becomes a way of knowing who Jesus is. We learn something about her, but she also, through her action, reveals some important things about Jesus.
Can this be your story? From what I can tell, there is a great deal of bleeding, much hemorrhaging going on. Life is ebbing away from us, day by day, and I am saying that only because I am approaching 65! We, like the disciples, stand by and watch people get pushed to the margins, relegated to hopeless situations, powerless, weak, and in pain.
Too easily we say, "She is beyond all hope," or "You just have to adapt and accept your present situation." But here comes this story of this pushy, intrusive woman, intruding into our settled arrangement, reminding us that in Jesus Christ, there is a power let loose in the world, which is there for us. In whatever pain you suffer, however caught or trapped, will you reach out to that power? Will you let him speak to you? Will you let the life that God intends for you, flow toward you? Your Brother in Christ, Mike Simpson, Locum Vicar.