Presence in Suffering



February 3, 2015
Scripture: Mark 5:21-43

“She was thinking, If I can just touch his clothes, I’ll be healed.” Mark 5:28

Ephrem the Syrian (306-373 AD), an early church Scripture scholar wrote about this passage of scripture:

"Glory to you, hidden Son of God, because your healing power is proclaimed through the hidden suffering of the afflicted woman. Through this woman whom they could see, the witnesses were enabled to behold the divinity that cannot be seen. Through the Son's own healing power his divinity became known. Through the afflicted women's being healed her faith was made manifest. She caused him to be proclaimed, and indeed was honored with him. For truth was being proclaimed together with its heralds. If she was a witness to his divinity, he in turn was a witness to her faith... He saw through to her hidden faith, and gave her a visible healing."

Once again we see that that the recognition of who Jesus is comes at the moment that he encounters brokenness in our world.

This woman who had been suffering for 12 years, still had hope and faith that God could heal her and so she boldly steps out of the shadows and proclaims her faith in God by touching Jesus’ clothes.  

There are so many people who suffer in isolation.  Probably on some level all of us do.  We like to appear like we have it all together and don’t want to burden one another with what is not going right in our lives.

But as followers of Christ we are called to be present with one another in our suffering, so that we are reminded that we are not alone in our time of need.

Prayer: God help me to be that comforting presence that someone needs today.  May I listen carefully and enter into their suffering.  Amen.

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