Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 27-JUN-2021 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Pentecost 5 – In the gospel narrative, Jesus had arrived on the other shore of Lake Galilee and was talking to the crowds surrounding him, when an official from the synagogue pushed his way though to ask Jesus to go with him to his house and lay his hands on his terminally ill 12 year old daughter. On their way to the house, a woman with a chronic bleeding problem, a problem that had been with her for 12 years, made her way to Jesus to touch his clothing and be healed, so great was her faith in what he could do. She reached him, touched his cloak, and was healed. Because of the purity laws the poor woman had been regarded as a filthy outcast, and anybody who came into accidental contact with her or with anything that she had touched would have been obliged to undergo ritual purification. Jesus commended the woman for her faith; she had been very brave to pick her way though the crowd to reach him. He put her at ease, and she could look forward to a new life of freedom. Before the sermon we had been told about a similar women's hygiene situation across present-day sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, where 2-3 million girls and women are living with obstetric fistula, a terrible condition that leaves the victims subject to the humiliation and ridicule of having bodies that keep leaking fluids. Only about 1 in 50 women receive treatment. By the time Jesus and the man arrived at the man's house, the little girl had died, but Jesus declared that she was only asleep. He went inside with a few others and called out to her, and she woke up, got out of bed, and started walking around. Like the woman with the bleeding problem, the synagogue official had shown great courage in approaching Jesus in view of Jesus' public criticism of certain synagogue practices and teachings. Jesus is the listener and healer, one who brings confession, belonging, inclusion and welcome.
Mark 5: 21-43

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