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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 23, 2021

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FRIDAY, July 23                  [John Cassian]

Mark 5:34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

On the way to Jairus’s house, Jesus is intercepted by a woman in the crowd who has suffered from bleeding for twelve years. This woman believes if only she can touch Jesus’ cloak, she will be healed. And indeed, her bleeding stops immediately.

For twelve years, this woman has been excluded from her community. According to the Jewish law, the woman’s condition made her unclean; she would not have been able to cook for her family, sit in the same chairs as they do, or even visit the temple to worship. She was excluded from her community for the entire lifetime of Jairus’s daughter, who we later learn is twelve years old. I don’t believe it’s a coincidence these stories are linked.

After the woman confesses to Jesus what she has done, Jesus calls her “daughter.” It’s a beautiful parallel that on the road to heal Jairus’s daughter, Jesus heals one of his own.

MOVING FORWARD: Which story of Jesus healing is your favorite? Why? Talk about the story with your family or friends and share why it speaks to you.

PRAY for the Diocese of Dunkwa-on-Offin (Ghana)

Ps 40, 54 * 51 | 1 Samuel 31:1-13 | Acts 15:12-21 | Mark 5:21-43

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