Go, oh daughter, your faith has saved you.
1 July 2012
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
Mk. 5: 21-43: Homily of Saint Augustine (S. 375C, 6)
«Thus, that woman who was suffering from hemorrhage touched Him. What a faith she had for the Lord to have been able to say to her: “Go upfront and manifest yourself to the crowd; receive the praise from whom you also have achieved health”: Go, O daughter, your faith has saved you; go in peace. (Mk. 5: 34) If you ask, what does this faith deal with, then listen. She said in her heart: If only I can touch the hem of his cloak, I shall be healed. (Mt. 9: 21) She touched his cloak in order that what she believed in might happen, not in order to prove if what she did not believe in might happen.
At that moment, the Lord throws this question: Who touched me? (Mk. 5: 30) Lord, do you not know, who touched you? You know the thoughts, and you ask who did it? What does he want to say: “who touched me?” I am going to reveal to you who has touched me: faith has touched me; she made the power come out of me by touching the cloak. Where I was not, through the way I did not pass, where I was not born, there, they believed in me: A foreign people were my vassal. (Ps. 17: 45) What a way of touching, believing and demanding! And a woman exhausted by hemorrhage realizes this, whilst the Church, afflicted and weakened in her martyrs by the shedding of their blood, is filled by the virtues of faith. She had spent her resources in doctors, that is, in pagan gods, who could not cure her; while the Lord manifested to the Church not his physical, but spiritual presence.»