July 1, 2018 – Pastoral Impressions by Fr. Bill

If you could only use one word to describe today’s story of the woman’s healing, what would it be? Faith? Touch? Power? These are all very good ways to encapsulate what happened to this woman, but let’s look at the story from another angle. Let’s say that one word should be “striving”. This woman had her mind made up. She was going to push her way through the crowd because she believed that Jesus could heal her. So she strove to get to Jesus, and she was healed! And to the woman Jesus said, “Daughter, your faith has saved you.”
In many of his healings Jesus tells the people that their trust in him played a vital role in their healing. We know, of course, that it was Jesus who did the healing, but we also see that his power flowed because of the way the people pressed forward despite obstacles. If they didn’t continue to strive in faith, it’s likely that they would not have been healed. Let’s imitate these people of history. Let’s put our confidence in the Lord. Let’s strive in prayer, both for ourselves and for our loved ones. Let’s reach out and touch his cloak.
My friends, God didn’t stop being God two thousand years ago. He continues to heal and forgive and guide and comfort and even perform miracles. And he asks of us that we do what we can to make this world a better place, and at the same time turn to him for help every step of the way. May we, at the end of each and every day. Be able to look back and see all the wonderful things God has done. It’s there. He’s there. We just have to strive in faith.




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