Healing of the Old Woman and Young Girl


Gospel Mk 5:21-43

Marks gospel account of the healing of the hemorrhaging woman and the healing of the 12-year old girl is arguably the lengthiest and most detailed healing account in the New Testament. Its sandwich gospel clearly relates these two events as having meaning in the similarities and differences of both stories. Perhaps some of the easiest messages to glean from this complex story is that Jesus’s healing extends clearly to all. It extends to the older woman who has suffered for years which might loosely reference the suffering of those before the ministry of Jesus, it extends to those in a current and urgent crisis as described by the little girl and her Father. It also extends to us as Jesus made certain that his healing tradition would continue through his Apostles Peter, James and John. This healing also does not simply extend to those born post nativity, it is granted to both the living and the dead. From the Apostles Creed:

“he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.”

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