I have heard this story countless times. Yet this time I picked up on a nuance I’d missed before.
It came to me that Jesus had paid no mind to the fact the first request was by a man of prominent position who knelt before him, and that the second request was from a woman who dared not approach him face-to-face but joined the crowd seeking to be healed. Her only hope for healing was to touch the tassel on his cloak.
While I may have been impressed by the formality of the official and been put off by the woman who touched him when he wasn’t looking, Jesus wasn’t. He heard them both and responded, not because of who they were or weren’t. No, he responded because of their faith and their apparent need.
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