It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Different people need Jesus, a reflection on Mark 5:21-28

Two people approached Jesus. Two very different people. Two different ways of approach. The first was a leader in the synagogue; the second, a woman who for twelve years had been suffering from an ailment that meant she was considered untouchable by religious people. Imagine Jesus coming to your community. Picture your church leaders being sure to show up. Then picture some woman that no one wanted to associate with also being there. (After all, that's who wants to be around Jesus.)

The two people were different and their approaches to Jesus were different too. The important man approached Jesus directly seeking help for his ailing 12-year-old daughter. The woman, on the other hand, didn't want to attract his attention. Hidden by the crowd, she sidled up to him and touched his cloak.

Something they had in common was that they both were certain that Jesus could heal.

Question: what is the significance of the number 12 in each of their situations?

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