June 29, 2009

Crowd Control...

By Rusty Montgomery *

And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, "If I touch even his garments, I shall be made well." And immediately the hemorrhage ceased; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.”

-Mark 5:25-29


May the Lord give you His peace!


The above passage from the Gospel of Mark is one of my favorites. Putting myself in the story, imagining Jesus like some sort of present day rock star with crowds closing in around Him, longing to get a glimpse of the one whom they have heard about. Through the pushing and the shoving, a woman who was close to death found her way to the front. She had tried everything she could to get better and spent all of her money with no success. All the struggle just to touch Him, the one who could make her well.


We can learn so much from the woman in this story. Perhaps most inspiring was her persistence and determination to fight the crowds and approach Jesus. How often we are afraid to approach Jesus! How often we start to move towards Him but then turn around in fear or get distracted and overwhelmed by the crowd around us. When fighting the battle of faith, most of the challenge is to just step out, let our eyes rest upon Jesus in the crowd, and in faith, struggle through to meet Him. The woman in the Gospel knew what she needed to do and in desperation fought the crowd and moved toward Jesus, her only hope!


Also, how can we help not to be inspired by her confidence in Jesus to heal? She didn’t say “I must touch Him because He might be able to heal me,” or “Jesus can probably make me better.” She said with great confidence, “If I touch even His garments, I shall be made well.” She knew and believed with her whole heart that if she encountered Jesus she would be made well.  In great humility, she thought to herself that she did not even have to talk to Him, look Him in the eye, or even have His hands be laid upon her. She just wanted to humbly touch His garments, and knew with her whole heart that she would be healed and changed. What humility! What faith!


How often do we pray wondering if Jesus really hears us or if we will ever receive what we ask for or need? It is said that Jesus rewards faith in prayer. Do we believe Jesus hears our needs and will give us exactly what we need according to His will? The woman believed that Jesus could heal her and Jesus rewarded her faith and healed the sickness that she had struggled with for so much of her life. Let us have this faith! Let us pray and live in faith so that Jesus can work in our lives. What power He wants to bring into our lives! What great things He will do if we have faith in Him!


My friends, the crowds are gathering and Jesus is among us. Let us be persistent in approaching our Lord and let us be confident in the power and life that come from Him. Let us, in the next week and future summer months, be truly transformed as we look to Jesus who truly heals and changes our lives.


God Bless You!



Rusty is a seminarian at St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, Nebraska and is the co-founder of Live Greater Ministries. The ministry's aim is to invite the youth of the Church into a dialogue about the present culture and how Jesus invites us to a relationship with him, finding true happiness and greater purpose.  More information can be found on their website at www.livegreater.net.

* Catholic News Agency columns are opinion and do not necessarily express the perspective of the agency.


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