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Mark 5:28. For she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.”
Jesus is on his way to heal the daughter of the leader of the synagogue. Along the journey, a woman reaches out to him for healing.
This woman is not allowed to be in a crowd. She is ritually unclean because of her hemorrhages. The rules of that time and culture separated the clean from the unclean, but this woman is desperate. For years she has suffered, and, because of these rules, she has suffered alone because people are not permitted to touch her. She cannot take the isolation any longer, so she reaches out for healing.
Think about this: She reaches out, and she is healed.
Often our suffering and pain can isolate us. We avoid family and friends because we do not want to burden them with our problems. At the same time, we cannot solve all our problems on our own. We need help. We need the connection to others for comfort and solace. That touch, that connection heals us, if we will reach out.
Today the Church remembers Óscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, 1980, and the Martyrs of El Salvador.