Don’t just bump into Jesus

The Gospel reading for today tells the story of Christ healing the woman who had been hemorrhaging for twelve years.  Many people were bumping up against Him, but she alone reached out to Him in faith.  Dr. Mary Healy challenges each of us: “The afflicted woman in this episode is a model for approaching Jesus.  While crowd of people were bumping into him as he walked along, she touched him.  Her faith brought her into living contact with Jesus, and as a result she experienced a dramatic healing.  The difference between the crowds and the woman prompts the question: How often do we merely bump against Jesus—for instance, when we receive Him in the Eucharist?”