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The Compassionate Healings
Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13

from the book
The Advocate
Gospel Sermons For Sundays After Pentecost (First Third)

Ron Lavin

Mark 5:21-43


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We have before us two stories, the story of a sick woman with a twelve-year-old hemorrhage and the story of a twelve-year-old girl who has died. The stories are integrated by one theme -- the compassionate healing of Jesus.

The Sick Woman

Our stories start out with Jairus, a synagogue leader, approaching Jesus with a request to come and heal his sick daughter. On his way to the home of Jairus, Jesus was met by a woman who had been sick with bleeding for twelve years. In terms of modern medicine, she probably needed a hysterectomy. Jesus gave her more. He gave her a compassionate healing.

The woman approached Jesus with a theology that was limited, distorted, and based on misconceptions. She thought that by touching Jesus' garment, she would be healed. That is called magic. What's going on in this story? Two surprises.

First, trust is going on. If we had been there we would have experienced surprise, even shock, that Jesus would ...

This Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 sermon, The Compassionate Healings, is based on Mark 5:21-43 and relates to Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 of Cycle B of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book The Advocate . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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