Mark 5:25-34  Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians.  She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse.  When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment.  For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”  Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.  And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”  But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”.  And He looked around to see her who had done this thing.  But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth.  And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well.  Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”

The woman who was healed, she did it by touching Jesus’s clothes.  Many were touching Him.  She came with intent, with faith, and was healed.

Now this was a miracle.  The power that Jesus had – and still has – is what healed the woman.  It wasn’t human means; it was supernatural.

I heard someone say that when a farmer prays for rain, God expects him to say “Amen” with a hoe in his hands.  And that’s what this woman did.

Her faith healed her, but it was her faith in action.  She had just as much faith a second before touching Jesus’ clothes, but there is something about the person of Jesus, something about touching Him.

Jesus died, was crucified, so that we could be healed without touching Him physically. And that’s what we’re celebrating now, with the wafer and the juice representing His body and His blood.  Let’s pray.

Lord God, You don’t look at us on the outside – You see into our hearts to see our intentions, our faith.  We are judged not by appearances, not by human effort.  Thank You for the gift of Jesus, Whose sacrifice allows us to become holy, and to enter into Your presence.  In Jesus’ name, amen.