(Day three of 5-Day End-of-Year Fasting)

Scripture Reading: Mark 5:25-29

Today, we shall begin our reflection by sharing a call we got from a DSD user so that we can emulate her faith and pray for her. The DSD user said, I cling to the hem of Jesus’ garment daily with the hope that He will manifest His miracle of total healing upon my husband. He is able and I put my trust in Him. Please pray for me.

The experience of bleeding for a woman is never pleasant. It can be a sign that something is terribly wrong. Christin shared with us: “In my pregnancy, the bleeding indicated my greatest horror — that I was miscarrying my precious baby. After that cold day on which my family’s dreams were dashed and our hearts shattered, I reached out to my Abba Father with more passion and fervor than ever before. I refused to allow my situation make me question God’s goodness. I remember praying even through my tears, “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13).

Even in the midst of our pain, brethren, we have to cling to Jesus with everything in us. Mark 5:21 opens with Jesus being approached by a synagogue ruler named Jairus. His daughter is dying, and he pleads earnestly for Jesus to heal her. On His way to Jairus’ house, Jesus is pressed on every side by the large crowd following Him. And there is the bleeding woman. Oh, the brave, bold faith of this woman! In the midst of her bleeding and suffering, she reaches for Jesus. She has heard of His healing power, and knows that in the midst of such a large crowd, all she has to do is touch the hem of His garment. That will be enough for her.

We all in some way can identify with this woman. Whether we have suffered from chronic pain and disease, or ache from the wounds of a bleeding heart, we all have the opportunity to reach out and touch Jesus.  Sometimes we experience deep pain, debilitating disease, and tragic loss. But in the depths of those dark moments, hold fast to Jesus. Resolve within your heart to echo the unwavering words of David: “My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.” Psalm 63:8. God heals broken bodies, broken minds, broken hearts and broken lives. His presence alone has immense healing powers.

MASS:  VIOLET Is 25:6-10a; Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (R. see 6cd); Accl:  Behold, the lord is coming to save his people; blessed are those who are ready to meet him.; Gospel Mt. 15:29-37.

Prayer Point:

               1.            In the Name of Jesus the Lord, I ask You Heavenly Father to send forth Your healing power on (Name the person). Please don’t let this person be in pain anymore. Please Lord, heal me from every sickness and help me recover. Give me strength and shield me from all evil from head to toes. Please mend all that is broken, sick and damaged. Root out every sickness, illness, ailment, disease, infection, all inflammation, viruses, and destructive forms of bacteria. Merciful and powerful Jesus, heal us. Amen.

Exercise: Are you in need of His strength today? Reach out and touch the edge of Christ’s garment. There is power, strength, and healing in His hem.

Meditation: Isaiah 53:4-5