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Monday, July 08, 2002

 

There is more to the miracle-within-a-miracle than I can possibly unpack. Why does it have such a prominent place in all three Synoptics? (In Matthew, today's seasonal version, as part of the sequence of miracles between the Sermon on the Mount and the first sending.) In Matthew's telling, Jairus says his daughter is already dead, and asks for her to be raised by the touch of Jesus' hand – why does he believe that could happen? Has it, already, at the funeral procession in Nain? This parallels the woman's belief that only touching his clothing – the tassel of his garment – would suffice to heal her.

Some commentators point out that the story encompasses the two gravest forms of ritual uncleanness – a menstrual woman, a dead body – in a single convoluted package. Fair enough. But it's not simply about discarding the restrictions of the old law, and not entirely about the power of purity of belief. Is there a hint of more in Mark and Luke's observation that the issue of blood had lasted twelve years – the same as the girl's age? What's the connection between these two, one rich and loved and almost marriageable, the other shunned and wandering the streets, continually unclean, having spent her wealth in pursuit of a cure?

I have always wondered what happened to these two later on. What was it like for the girl from then on, living life in a resurrected body? How did the woman rebuild her life after so many years as an outcast? Seems like there's an O Henry story in here somewhere, doesn't it?

posted by Kelly | 3:46 PM link
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