Two people approach Jesus in their need, a synagogue official who approaches Jesus on behalf of his daughter and a woman with a haemorrhage who approaches Jesus on her own behalf. The way the people approach Jesus is quite different. The synagogue official approaches Jesus in a very public way, bowing low in front of him and speaking aloud his need and his request. The woman approaches Jesus very privately, touching the fringe of his cloak, and speaking only to herself. None of us approaches the Lord in exactly the same way. Our way of relating to the Lord always has a quality that is unique to each of us, just as we each have a unique way of relating to others people. Both the synagogue official and the woman were people of faith but they each expressed their faith very differently. Jesus responded generously to the very different approaches of the synagogue official and of the woman. He made no distinction between them but was equally responsive to their need and their cry for help. The Lord’s response to us is always shaped by the unique way that we approach him.
Reflect today upon your personal relationship with Jesus. Do you find time to approach him in your personal prayer? Do you share with him everything that happens in your life? Remember, his presence is a healing presence. Just as he healed the woman and the daughter of the synagogue official, he will heal you.