Mark 5: 25 -34 = #metoo

Mark 5:25-34
The Message 

25-29 A woman who had suffered a condition of hemorrhaging for twelve years—a long succession of physicians had treated her, and treated her badly, taking all her money and leaving her worse off than before—had heard about Jesus. She slipped in from behind and touched his robe. She was thinking to herself, “If I can put a finger on his robe, I can get well.” The moment she did it, the flow of blood dried up. She could feel the change and knew her plague was over and done with.

30 At the same moment, Jesus felt energy discharging from him. He turned around to the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?”

31 His disciples said, “What are you talking about? With this crowd pushing and jostling you, you’re asking, ‘Who touched me?’ Dozens have touched you!”

32-33 But he went on asking, looking around to see who had done it. The woman, knowing what had happened, knowing she was the one, stepped up in fear and trembling, knelt before him, and gave him the whole story.

34 Jesus said to her, “Daughter, you took a risk of faith, and now you’re healed and whole. Live well, live blessed! Be healed of your plague.”

The woman was very brave.  She had long suffered. She knew that she could be healed, and she took the bold chance and she touched Jesus’ robe. She knew there would be a backlash, but she did it anyway. She was very brave.

She was healed. When Jesus asked who had touched him. She courageously stepped up and told him her story.

Jesus listened.

He listened. He blessed her, and she was healed again. Remember that part of the story.

Time Magazine named the “The Silence Breakers” Persons of the Year. Tears came to my eyes.

The Silence Breakers are the women and men who have bravely stepped forward to tell their stories of sexual harassment, of rape, of abuse, of inappropriate comments and remarks and of unjust and unfair treatment.

#MeToo is a movement that is shaking many foundations that needed to be shaken for a long time.  The stories are being told. The stories need to be heard.

Please do not think that there isn’t anyone in your church who doesn’t have a #MeToo story to tell. They are there.

As people of faith, leaders of the church, we must listen, and we must create safe and sacred spaces where those stories can be heard.

And when we have listened and heard the stories of pain and hurt we shall be ready and willing to take action in providing:

Justice
Safety
Education
Healing
Confession and Forgiveness
Respect and Kindness
Grace
and Justice again.

My heart breaks for all who have had to keep the stories to themselves and feared no one would believe them. My heart breaks for those who feel that the church has betrayed or abandoned them with its silence.

Back to Mark 5: 34 – Jesus listened. He blessed her and she was healed.

#MeToo conversation is long overdue.  Women have been empowered to speak up, to let their voices and stories be heard.

We now must listen.

 

Other Resources for  conversations

A letter from the GA Co-Moderators

#Metoo, Silence and the Church