July 3 Gospel Reading

Matthew 9:18-26

[18] While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a
certain ruler, and worshiped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead:
but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.[19]
And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.[20]
And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve
years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:[21]
For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be
whole.[22] But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her,
he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole.
And the woman was made whole from that hour.[23] And when
Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people
making a noise,[24] He said unto them, Give place: for the
maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.[25]
But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the
hand, and the maid arose.[26] And the fame hereof went abroad
into all that land.

St. John Chrysostom says in his Homily 31 on Matthew

Miracle-healing-of-jairus-daughtewoman-with-issue-of-bloodpanayia-mavriotissa-monastery "The deed overtook the words; so that the mouths of the Pharisees were the more stopped. For both he that came was a ruler of the synagogue, and his affliction terrible. For the young damsel was both his only child, and twelve years old, the very flower of her age; on which account especially He raised her up again, and that immediately… see…how he requires of Christ two things, both his actual presence, and the lying on of His hand: and this by the way is a sign that he had left her still breathing…Mark (Mark 5:37) says, He took three disciples, and so does Luke; (Lk8:51) our evangelist merely says, 'the disciples.'…then He did not take with Him Matthew, though he had but just come unto Him? …for him it sufficed for the present, to see what befell the woman with the issue of blood…"

"…did she not approach Him boldly? She was ashamed on account of her affliction, accounting herself to be unclean…she lies hidden, and conceals herself…And this is the first woman that came unto Him in public, having heard of course that He heals women also, and that He is on His way to the little daughter that was dead…"

"What then does Christ? He suffers her not to be hid, but brings her into the midst, and makes her manifest for many purposes…He puts an end to the woman's fear, lest being pricked by her conscience, as having stolen the gift, she should abide in agony…He sets her right, in respect of her thinking to be hid…He exhibits her faith to all, so as to provoke the rest also to emulation; and His staying of the fountains of her blood was no greater sign…"

St.Hilary of Poitiers wrote in On the Trinity (Book IX.66)

"The Lord Jesus Christ, then, Who searches the heart and the reins (Rev.2:23), has no weakness in his nature, that He should not know, for, as we perceive, even the fat of His ignorance proceeds from the omniscience of His nature. Yet if any there be, who impute to Him ignorance, let them tremble, lest He Who knows their thoughts should say to them, 'Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts' (Matt.9:4)? The All-Knowing, though not ignorant of thoughts and deeds, sometimes inquires as if He were, as for instance when he asks the woman who it was that touched the hem of His garment, or the Apostles, why they quarreled among themselves, or the mourners, where the sepulchre of Lazarus was: but His ignorance was not ignorance, except in words. It is against reason that He should know from afar the death and burial of Lazarus, but not the place of his sepulchre: that He should read the thoughts of the mind, and not recognize the faith of the woman: that He should not need to ask concerning anything, yet be ignorant of the dissension of the Apostles. But He, Who konws all things, sometimes by a practice of economy professes ignorance, even though He is not ignorant…God, born man, assumed the weakness of humanity, yet without thereby reducing His unchangeable nature to a weak nature;…has not ceased to remain God."

St. Augustine wrote in his Tractates on the Gospel of John (26):

Healing of the Woman "…we do not run to Christ on foot, but by believing; nor is it by a motion of the body, but by the inclination of the heart that we draw near to Him. This is why that woman who touched the hem of his garment touched Him more than did the crowd that pressed Him. Therefore the Lord said, 'Who touchest me?' And the disciples wondering said, 'The multitude throng You, and press You, and sayest Thou, Who touched me?' (Luke 8:45) And He repeated it, 'Somebody has touched me.' That woman touched, the multitude pressed. What is 'touched,' except 'believed'? Whence also He said to that woman that wished to throw herself at His feet after His resurrection: "'Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to the Father.' (Jn.20:17) You think me to be that alone which you see, 'touch me not.' What is this? Thou supposest that I am that alone which I appear to you: do not thus believe; that is, 'touch me not for I am not yet ascended to the Father.' To you I am not ascended, for thence I never departed. She touched Him not while He stood on the earth; how then could she touch Him while ascending to the Father? Thus, however, thus He willed Himself to be touched; thus He is touched by those by whom He is profitably touched, ascending to the Father, abiding with the Father, equal to the Father."

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