18 While Jesus was speaking to them, a ruler came and knelt in front of him, saying, “My daughter has just died. But come and place your hand on her, and she’ll live.” 19 So Jesus and his disciples got up and went with him. 20 Then a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years came up behind Jesus and touched the hem of his clothes. 21 She thought, If I only touch his robe I’ll be healed.22 When Jesus turned and saw her, he said, “Be encouraged, daughter. Your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that time on.23 When Jesus went into the ruler’s house, he saw the flute players and the distressed crowd. 24 He said, “Go away, because the little girl isn’t dead but is asleep”; but they laughed at him. 25 After he had sent the crowd away, Jesus went in and touched her hand, and the little girl rose up. 26 News about this spread throughout that whole region. Matthew 9:18-26
Today’s reading is a story not only of Jesus’ power to heal, but also about faith. Faith was shown in Him by both the ruler whose daughter was dead, and also the woman in the crowd who was diseased. Their was no doubt in their minds whatever that Jesus could bring the healing that they needed.
Let us pray please – Father god, Holy One , we ask that to help us to be strong in our faith, to believe without hesitation as the ruler and the ill woman did. In a world that is hurting and crying out for justice, guide us to be the light they need, help us to speak of love and caring and sharing with all that we meet. It is in Jesus’ name we pray…….. Amen.
Yours in Christ , Rollie