July 6, 2020
“My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.” Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples.
A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.”
Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Your faith has saved you.” (Matthew 9:18-26)
Two examples of great faith are offered in today’s Gospel. First, a synagogue official asks Jesus to bring his daughter back to life. He has faith that Jesus can do this by simply placing His hand on her. Second, a long-suffering woman has faith she can be cured by simply touching the tassel on Jesus’ cloak. Both had total trust in the power of Jesus Christ.
Hearing of such faith makes me ashamed of my own tenuous faith. My inability to give up control sends the message to Jesus that I am not sure He can provide all that I need. Each time I ignore His help and instead rely only on myself, my lack of trust is revealed.
I pray for the courage to place all my trust in Jesus, and perhaps someday hear His words: “Your faith has saved you.”