The Quotable


May you have:
A world of wishes at your command.
God and his angels close to hand.
Friends and family their love impart,
and Irish blessings in your heart!

~~Irish Blessing~~

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Woman Healed

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This reflection touched me because is gives hope to all who suffer in any kind of pain or anxiety. It can touch those who feel they have no worth or value.

A Woman Healed From Hemorrhages

Mark 5:25-34

A woman suffering...

You were captive to the bleeding, your life drained away, leaving you weak and ashamed and helpless, your money drained away by liars who left you for dead and considered you worthless. Twice victim.

Dear suffering sister, were you afraid to meet him face to face? Is that shy you crept up behind, shy, yet sure he had more power in the hem of his robe than all the charlatans you'd seen?

And you, Jesus, when you terned to her, calling her daughter, you turned to us as well. You assure us that it's O.K..., wanting to be whole. It's not O.K. to be a victim.

You draw us out and encourage us to tell the whole story, from beginning to end--just how it is--just how it feels--just what we want and need. Suffering in silence earns few points with you.

It takes Spirit-driven courage to lay hold of your promises to forgive and heal and empower. What must we risk as we step out, reach out, even with one trembling finger in faith? Perhaps to show we really care? Perhaps to reconcile? Perhaps to say the truth? Perhaps.
Donna Steufert

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Again, I find in this reflection that we are not called to be passive individuals. If we want help we must ask for it, seek it, listen, be guided to it. Who will know if we do not ask? And then after we are aided in this quest by the Son of Man, we must accept it actively and aggressively with a thankful heart and soul.

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Thanks be to God!

4 comments:

  1. I receive that. Thank you.

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  2. There are many people who do indeed suffer but are afraid of change - a bit like the man who spent many years by the healing pool but never asked for assistance to enter, and yet all the time God is waiting, God is listening and can alleviate the most heavy and cumbersome of burdens with tenderness and love.
    A thoughtful post as we are about to enter into Christ's own suffering.
    Thank you, Cathy.

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  3. I love this story. What a great sculpture.

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  4. This is beautiful thankyou. This was one of my mothers favourite Scripture verses, Mum entered Heaven in 1994:). Once again thankyou for a beautiful reflection.

    Wishing you a Holy & Sacred Easter:)

    Marie xoxox

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