Jesus healing the bleeding woman

Christ Healing a bleeding woman, as depicted in the Catacombs of Rome.

Jesus healing the bleeding woman is one of the miracles of Jesus in the Gospels (Mark 5:21-43, Matthew 9:18-26, Luke 8:40-56). [1][2][3]

In the Gospel accounts, this miracle immediately follows the exorcism at Gerasa and is combined with the miracle of the Daughter of Jairus. While traveling to Jairus's house, a sick woman in the crowd touches Jesus' cloak.

The woman had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked:

"Who touched my clothes?"

"You see the people crowding against you," his disciples answered, "and yet you can ask, 'Who touched me?'" But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her:

"Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."

This episode of the Gospels teaches that faith as embodied in the bleeding woman can exist in seemingly hopeless situations, and that through belief, healing can be achieved. When the woman is healed, Jesus tells her: "your faith has healed you." [4]

See also

References

  1. ^ Biblegateway Mark 5:21-43 [1]
  2. ^ Biblegateway Matthew 9:18-26 [2]
  3. ^ Biblegateway Luke 8:40-56 [3]
  4. ^ John R. Donahue, Daniel J. Harrington 2005 The Gospel of Mark ISBN 0814659659 page 182

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