“And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, ‘If I touch even his garments, I shall be made well.’ And immediately the hemorrhage ceased; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone forth from him, immediately turned about in the crowd, and said, ‘Who touched my garments?’ And his disciples said to him, ‘You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’’ And he looked around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had been done to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. And he said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well (σέσωκέν σε, saved you); go in(to) peace (εἰς εἰρήνην), and be healed of your disease.’” (Mk 5: 24-34)
Why is it her “faith,” and not her “touch,” that has “saved” this woman (i.e., made her “well” or “whole”)? Wasn’t it “immediately” after she touched His garment that the hemorrhage ceased? Yes, but her decision to reach out and “touch” Christ’s garment, (indeed, a vital step in the woman’s healing-process), was made possible by faith.
The physical side of our “sacramental” life is indeed vital for our “healing-process” (or salvation) in Christ, Who offers us communion with Him not only “spiritual,” but also physical. However, in order to suit up and show up for those “meetings” with Christ and His healing presence, I must first come to believe, in my heart, that I cannot get well on my own, without His power, so much greater than myself. Lord, help me to take the next right step today, as I re-focus on You, Who makes and keeps me well, both spiritually and physically.