Boldness and Humility of Faith

“And behold, a woman who had suffered from a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment; for she said to herself, ‘If I only touch his garment, I shall be made well.’ Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, ‘Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.’ And instantly the woman was made well.”—Matthew 9:20-22

If we look at ourselves honestly, we can admit to various deficiencies in our faith life. I know that I struggle to embrace sufferings in my life. They inconvenience me—and I really dislike being inconvenienced. Then I recall the woman who suffered for twelve years—now that’s inconvenience!

What is so compelling about her story is her boldness in faith. She doesn’t doubt Jesus’ ability to heal her. Wouldn’t it seem natural for her to doubt after twelve years of suffering and, possibly, seeking all kinds of remedies? But she doesn’t doubt. She is bold in her faith. She knows Jesus will heal her.

What is also striking is her humility. She doesn’t want to bother the Lord; she doesn’t make a scene. She just wants to touch his clothes. She doesn’t even need or seek his personal touch or a loving glance. No, she just humbly desires to touch the material that touches him. She gets more than she desires. The Lord looks at her and acknowledges the boldness and humility of her faith, and because of it, twelve years of suffering are gone in an instant. Lord, help me to be bold and humble of faith.

Action Step

How can you grow in boldness of faith? Spend time reading the Scriptures and meditating on those who experienced the healing of Jesus.

About the Author

Steve Weidenkopf

Steve Weidenkopf is the creator of the faith formation program, Epic: A Journey through Church History. He is also a Lecturer of Church History at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College in Alexandria, Virginia and the author of study guides on Pope Paul VI’s encyclical, Humanae Vitae and Lumen Gentium.

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  • James T Pereira

    To persevere in prayer and have faith that Jesus will come through in His time.

  • nosidam

    Thank you! I am in a severe medical situation. Years of rheumatoid arthritis suffering. Things worsening. Like this woman, I know Jesus can heal me. I want to touch the hem of His garment, I want to be healed. Any ideas? God bless you.

  • AJ

    Prayer is a stand alone gift….for what it is and for what it will bring.

  • lazym

    I am dealing with anxiety because a teenager is not following the right path. I want to continue telling God that his will be done in my life but it takes much patience to continue to pray and wait. I recall St.Monica who waited so long for her prayer for her son’s conversion to be answered. Thank you for the meditation on faith today, it gives me hope that all of us will be made perfect in God’s time.

  • Rob Henderson

    Pray in faith AND embrace suffering. The two go in tandem.

  • Carol

    I can relate to your story. At least you know there is an end in sight when your child eventually becomes an adult.
    God has always been good with anxiety issues for me. My favorite prayer is the one that is recited after the Our Father in mass. The name escapes me.

  • Carol

    personally, I HATE suffering, but then God brings me a sense of humor and delightful distractions.

  • Perico Lospalotes

    Wow and all this based on an unproven premise!

    Great god you guys have there, he demands, sacrifice, he demand being on your knees to beg, yup praying is begging. And years come and years go and peace love and understanding are still to be. I am guessing it is either dumb and does not comprehend your begging or what to do with it, or careless meaning he does not care about your puny needs and begging, or worse he turned of the radio and does not hear you.

    So yep keep up the faith, because that is all you have, and I am yet to encounter a dying patient that is looking forward to go wherever you go after you die.

    It is shocking to me the things that people choose to believe.

    Maybe on another occasion I will let you know about my good, who does not require began, getting on knees and I can actually see him every single day, listen to him,(with out meditating or going to sleep,or interpreting) and you get your answers inmediatly with no equivocation of meaning in simple language.

    Ciao people.

    Ohh and if you like to send me your opinion, please don’t bother I have a delete button on my email client.
    You can begg your god to send me a message, hahahahahah