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Jairus and the Hemorrhaging Woman - 06/30/2018

There are many differences between the hemorrhaging woman and Jairus.

The woman was a nobody, an outcast. Jairus was a man of power, a. leader of the synagogue. The woman was alone, her condition making her unable to wed and bear children. Jairus had a wife and child.

While the two were very different, they had one thing in common. NEITHER SHOULD HAVE GONE TO JESUS.

The woman was ritually unclean. If she is touched anyone they would become ritually unclean for a certain amount of time and have to wash their clothes and bathe to become clean again. This uncleanliness would have kept the woman from being around people, yet when she heard Jesus was near she made her way through the crowd to touch him. She knew she was breaking the Law and must have been frightened. There was no way to get to Jesus without touching many people. After 12 years of living as an unclean person, she still had faith that she would be made well and knew that only Jesus would heal her.

Jairus was a leader of the synagogue. His people had no use for Jesus. They saw him as a magician, a trickster and as He gathered more followers, they violently opposed him. Jairus was turning his back on the people of his synagogue by going to Jesus. He risked ridicule and even their wrath. When Jairus goes to Jesus, he falls to the ground at his feet and pleads to him He puts his faith fully in the power of Jesus.

So, why did these two go to Jesus and what can we learn from them?

I think that the woman teaches us that we must not give up hope, no matter how long our troubles last. During the 12 years the woman remained hopeful that she would be healed. She goes to Jesus after all the physicians, their medicines and procedures, because she believes that only Jesus can heal her.

Jairus reminds us to humble ourselves to Jesus. He came to Jesus as a broken man. Jairus let go of his pride, self-sufficiency and position of power and laid it all at Jesus feet. He plead his need to Jesus believing only Jesus could save his daughter.

This story makes me think we are lucky. We don’t have to fight through crowds or travel great distances to get to Jesus. Jesus is always with us and we can simply go to Him in prayer. But then I wonder if maybe this is more difficult, because we do not have his physical presence and have to rely on our faith to feel Him and to hear His response to our prayer.

While the woman and Jairus both teach us to go to Jesus, I think in this Gospel we can learn the most from Jesus Himself. Jesus knows the woman is unclean and does not rebuke her for touching Him or the crowd. Instead, he heals her and lovingly calls her “daughter.” Jesus does not question Jairus of his worthiness of His help. He instead kindly responds to Jairus plea for help. I think that this story of the two miracles is included in the Bible so we can see that Jesus does not turn away the ones that the world deems unworthy of Him. He asks for nothing of the woman or Jairus, he only comes to their aid. If Jesus, will without question help those who should not have come to Him, who would he turn away? No one. All are worthy and all are loved. We can go to Him. Anytime, any place.

Here is my favorite part of learning about Jesus. Asking how do we mirror His behavior? What has He shown that we need to do? This story tells us that we need to be open to those that the world might deem unworthy. Be loving and kind to those from whom we might instinctively turn away.

Jesus accepted all with love and compassion. That is what we need to mirror.


Elaine Robbins

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