As I read Mark 5:24-34 I am reminded of a similar time of my life. It was a moment that I’ll forever remember, and cherish.
I had completed two months of cancer radiation treatment, and the cumulative effects were at their worst. All of the medicine I took was not helping ease the pain and discomfort. I had tried everything from soaking in a hot bath to walking in circles. There was nothing my doctors or I could do to make it better. After days of agonizing, I prayed to our Lord and told Him I could take it no longer. Just as the woman in the gospel story did, I put my life totally in His care. And then it came. I could feel God’s Peace come over my body. It had been a long time since I had relaxed like this. I gently slipped into the peaceful slumber that had eluded me for days.
Just as the woman in our gospel reading reached out, touched Jesus, and felt his power, I reached out through prayer and felt the power of God entering my body. What an awesome feeling! God wants us to know and feel His presence in our lives. He wants to help us and will help us if we ask and have faith.
I pray that all of you might experience the miraculous sensation of God’s Peace and Love entering your being. There is nothing else as heartwarming and comforting. Amen.