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Kathy Bernard - Publisher

"...If I shall touch but his garment, I shall be whole." - Matthew 9:28

Throngs of people were following Jesus.  The disciples stood guard and watched as Jesus made His way through the jostling crowd who came to see this man who worked miracles.  There were those who were lame, hanging onto canes for support, the blind led by family, and the deaf whose eyes shone with hope that Jesus would cure their infirmities.  Skeptics came in droves for they heard about the miracles Jesus was performing and they wanted to see whether the stories were actually true.  If so, this man was defying everything they believed in because He was promising and doing things no one had ever done. Many had proclaimed these miracles; the crippled walking away and shouting with elation, the deaf now hearing the noise of the crowds, and the blind on their knees thanking this man Jesus with loud rejoicing, "Jesus healed me!  He really healed me!" Some reports said He even commanded violent sea storms to come to a halt.  But through all this, there was something else that brought them here today; He claimed to be the Son of God Who could give eternal life.  Was this man a heretic?  The skeptics shook their heads in doubt.  So much to see and to witness.  

large crowd followed wildly, eager to see Him in action.  They were pushing and shoving others out of their way in their wild desire to get closer and closer to this unusual man called Jesus.  But there was also a very steadfast and persevering woman who unflinchingly strained forward, set on reaching the Lord.  She desperately continued to fight her way through the crowds even though she had strong moments of fear for she knew that being a woman with an issue of blood for 12 years, she was considered unclean and unfit to be among others.  Determined to touch Him, she knew she might be turned away in disgust.  Yet, she continued her fight to get to Him, in complete and total faith that He would make her whole.  He was her last resort. 

The crowds around her roared insults as she elbowed her way, bit by bit coming closer, ignoring the screams and shouts of outrage but she took no notice for her eyes moved straight ahead and fixed on Jesus.  He was her final hope.  Trembling, she slide to a stop and kneeling, touched the hem of the robe Jesus was wearing.  Immediately at this touch of the woman, Jesus stopped, turned, then asked,  "Who touched me?"  The people who stood further back from  Jesus nudged each other whispering loudly. ...why has He stopped?  What's going on?"  and they craned their necks to see what was happening.  The disciples walking with Jesus also stopped and turned around to see why people were becoming so loud and angry.  But Jesus, Who had a different reason to see who was nearest to Him, again asked of the crowd, "Someone touched me!  Who touched Me?".

Peter, a disciple replied, "Master, all these people are crowding around you.  They are pushing to get closer!"   In the background, there was clamorous murmuring and speculation going on among the multitudes of people.  They became silent when they heard Him persistently ask again, "Who touched my garment?  I felt the power of healing go out of me!"

The woman with the issue of blood stood shaking with fear at the sidelines, not knowing what to say or how to answer for she feared the consequences of her act.  But, she reasoned, with the thousands of people rushing to Him, surely He cannot know it was me.  But His eyes turned  around immediately and He looked directly at her.   She thought, "How can He know it was I who touched His robe? Will He be angry at me?  Will He think that I have made Him unclean?   Should I tell Him the truth why I did this?  Yes, I will tell Him that for 12 years I have been afflicted with this issue of blood and maybe He will forgive me.  I will ask for His mercy.  This is my only chance.  I must tell Him.  I must tell Jesus!  I must tell Jesus!"  With bowed head, she crawled on her knees to Jesus and humbly confessed, "It was I who touched your garment, my Lord."

With compassion and love, Jesus looked down at her as she humbly knelt on the ground before Him. He spoke kindly, “Take heart, my daughter,” He said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment. (See Matthew 9: 20-22)   Jesus had spoken with heavenly authority over death, disease and all aspects of life. 

When St. Matthew writes about the woman who touched the robe of Jesus, he is not solely writing just about this woman, for she is not the central figure in this encounter with Jesus.  St. Matthew was making known the great power and magnitude of Christ, the Son of the living God.  It declares with authority of Who Jesus is and the eternal power He possesses. The mighty strength of God was in Jesus to heal, to restore, to make whole, and ultimately take on the sins of the entire world. This was His mission.  And this was His gift to all humanity if they accepted it through faith in Him.  

In Isaiah 53: 2-7, the Old Testament tells of the coming of Jesus:  " a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering...."   He died to put our punishments of sin on Himself.  This was His sacrifice to us. Not only has He paid for our sins, He is still with us, telling and showing us that even now we too, can "touch the hem of His garment" through faith and prayer and be healed if it is the will of the Father. With trust we can watch His mercy descend upon all of us who have faith in Him.  We, who believe, know that He sits at the right hand of God and He takes all our sufferings directly to our Heavenly Father.  Only Jesus can make this possible.  John 14:13 reads: "And I will do whatever you ask in My Name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son".

There is a story about a large jetliner carrying many passengers to their destination when their pilot warned that there would be heavy turbulence ahead and everyone must fasten their seat belts. The plane went up and down, shaking and losing altitude. Everyone was frantic and frightened except a young girl, who had her arms quietly folded in her lap and sat directly behind the cockpit.  Among the passengers was a priest who tried to calm everybody by leading them in prayer. Even those who did not believe in God were willing to pray.  When the storm settled, the priest who was seated across the aisle from the girl leaned over and asked quietly, “I’m impressed by your calmness. Everybody else on the plane was really upset, but you sat there with no fear. Weren't you afraid?” The girl replied, “I was not afraid because my Heavenly Father is flying this plane and when I prayed to Him He calmed my heart and let me know I would make it home safely if I had faith."  The priest gently smiled and nodded knowingly.

There are many kinds of storms that buffet us in our lives and these storms can darken our skies and throw our plane into uncontrollable movement. We have had times when we felt we were being tossed about with no relief.  But if we remember that our Father is the Pilot of our "plane", if we have faith that Jesus is in total control of ALL things, we, like the girl in the story, can rest on His assurances.  With Jesus as our advocate, we have nothing to fear.

Isn't it time to cash in on your own faith?  How do we do this?  We keep moving ahead, trusting always in the promises Christ made to us who believe in Him Philippians 4: 6-7 tells, "Don't worry about anything; instead pray about everything.  Tell God what you have need of, and thank Him for all He has done.  Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." 

Don't carry your burdens alone; hand them over to Jesus Christ.  Give all things we cannot fix to Him.  Tell Him what you need.  Like the woman with the issue of blood in the bible, Jesus is there for you.  James 1: 1-3 relates, " Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.  For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow..."

Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none
other name under heaven given among men, whereby
we must be saved.”  - Acts 4:12

Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition

Piano & instrumental  - Tammi Yates - Piano

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
There's just something about that Name.
Master, Savior, Jesus,
Like the fragrance after the rain.
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
Let all heaven and earth proclaim,
Kings and kingdoms will all pass away,
But there's something about that Name

You may also enjoy this version:
There's Just Something About That Name

"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen."
  Hebrews 11:1

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