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Weekly Moravian Message June 28, 2015

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost June 28, 2015

Two Women

In Mark we see Jesus on a fast-paced journey, proclaiming the kingdom of God and manifesting God’s power through a series of miraculous acts. Today’s reading centers on two women. One is Jairus’s twelve-year-old daughter, near death. In her culture she is womanhood. Her future promises a good marriage, comfort, and security connected to her father’s position as a lay official in the synagogue.

The other woman, suffering from a long-standing continual flow of menstrual blood, has lost her life, in a sense. Considered unclean and untouchable during her monthly flow, she is dead to her womanhood. She cannot have a normal married life and thus has lost whatever securitythat might bring. She is destitute for years of expensive but unsuccessful medical treatments and impoverished emotionally by what the illness has cost her relationally.

Despite distinctions in age, social standing, material resources, and what the future might hold, the life of each is denied potential fullness by an illness in need of exceptional, even unique intervention. Jairus pursues that for his daughter, certain that Jesus can cure her, and in a supplicant act pleads for him to come put his hands on the daughter. The woman with chronic hemorrhaging also acts out of unfailing faith in Jesus’ ability to heal. Trusting that just by touching his clothing she will be cured, and having no one to act on her behalf, she moves anonymously within the crowd around Jesus to claim her healing.

Through his response to each of these, Jesus gives us another glimpse of the kingdom of God. That revelation, for all who were present and all who would hear the story in times to come, still calls us to minister where need is present, without regard for position, standing, or judgment.

Judith Justice, retired pastor, Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

Moravian Daily Texts


Friday, September 21 — Psalm 108:6–13
1 Samuel 13; John 1:43–51

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to till it and keep it. Genesis 2:15

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

Creator of the universe, what a privilege you have gifted to us! You have entrusted us to care for the beautiful world that you have created. May we be worthy of that trust. May we tend your garden well. Teach us to be wise stewards and to care gently for the earth and all her creatures. Amen.

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