Hebrews 12:1-4; Psalm 22:26-28,30-32;Mark 5:21-43
Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr
“Who touched me?” (Mark 5:31)
Feelings. We all have them. Sometimes they get in the way of our obedience to God’s will. But sometimes they actually give us access to the Father’s mind and heart.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus was in touch with his feelings and responded to the feelings of those around him. He felt Jairus’ anguish over his daughter and promised to help. Then, in the midst of a crowd of people, he felt that power had gone out from him and looked around to see who was responsible. His sensitivity enabled him to make life-giving contact with the woman and to come to the aid of Jairus.
The woman with the hemorrhage managed to overcome her downcast feelings. She was timid, painfully aware of being ill, defiled, and ostracized. When Jesus called her forward, she was filled with “fear and trembling” (Mark 5:33). But she didn’t let these feelings hold her back. She pushed through them and responded to an invitation from the Lord that brought her into a warm relationship with him.
We too have feelings that arise spontaneously throughout the day. Sometimes we recognize them as distractions or saboteurs seeking to turn us aside from the path of life. We know we should speak a truthful word, but we’re afraid of the reaction we’ll get. Anger arises when we’re thwarted, even though the other person never intended to harm us. Forgetting the Spirit’s promise to empower us, we feel inadequate for a task.
Still, many of our feelings come from our heavenly Father. We feel led to pray for a friend’s needs. We notice a lonely person on the edges of a party and feel drawn to make her feel more at ease. A neighbor’s sorrow touches us deeply, and we offer comfort. A friend gets a promotion, and we rejoice. All of these responses align us with God’s compassion—and that only makes sense. After all, the One who shared our human feelings now wants to animate them with his life-changing power. So pay attention to your feelings today, and see how God can make you a channel of his healing love.
“Jesus, you came to share and transform our human condition. I offer you my thoughts and feelings, the people and situations I will encounter today. Put me in touch with your love so that I can communicate it to those I meet.”~WAU