christ the healer clipart jpg library jesus healingThe healing stories in this Sunday's Gospel reading from Mark are juxtaposed interestingly.  One is not so much the healing of a 12-year-old girl but, in fact the resurrection of that same girl from the dead and the second is a healing that Jesus did not even intend.  Both of these healings are manifested for the "smallest and least significant" of the society in which Jesus and His disciples lived and that I think is significant.  One healing is asked, begged of Jesus by a "leader of the synagogue" the same group who, buy this time are, if not outright plotting murder against Jesus, at least considering Him a huge threat.  This I think is significant.  One healing transpires without Jesus even knowing it was happening until He felt "that power had left Him" not that interesting?  The woman with the hemorrhage of 12 years could almost have her healing described as "theft" since she secreted the slightest touch in a crowded street without permission or invitation.  This I think is significant.

But what I think is most significant about both of these stories is that in performing the first and approving of the second, Jesus is proclaiming something about the people whom He has healed, that they are valuable!  That they deserve full life, that they deserve to be whole, that they are worthy of the healing power of the living God.  Jairus's daughter and the bleeding woman are changed in their encounter with Jesus, they are healed but more importantly are established as being important to God.  There is healing in the body and then there is healing in the soul.  The body, as described in the Hebrew text this morning, is;

... born by mere chance,
and hereafter shall be as though we had never been,
for the breath in our nostrils is smoke,
and reason is a spark kindled by the beating of our hearts;
when it is extinguished, the body will turn to ashes,
and the spirit will dissolve like empty air.

But the soul, the soul resides in eternity with the master that crafted it.  When one is healed in the soul by having their worth confirmed and proclaimed by the son of the living God that has eternal consequences that do not wither and will not turn to dust.