The Gospel of the day (Mark 5, 24-34)

The healing of a sick woman

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”

32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

The work of faith

Clement from Alexandria, Stromata, The 6th stromata, Cap. XV – 122.2.-122.3, in Church Fathers and Writers (1982), vol. 5, p. 453

The proof that the truth belongs to us is the fact that the Son of God taught us the truth. If at the basis of any study these general elements are found: the person and the matter, then the real truth belongs only to us; the person in whom is showed the truth is the Son of God; and the matter is the power of faith, which overcame everyone who stood against it, no matter who that one was, even if it had been the whole world standing against it. But since this fact is acknowledged by everyone and is reinforced by eternal deeds and words, it is clear that whoever does not believe that it is providence and who is without God indeed, that one deserves punishment and it is not worth contradicting him

We have another task ahead of us: what to do and how to live to reach the knowledge about the Almighty God and how to honor the divinity so that we may be the accomplishers of our own salvation. We acknowledge that from God and not from the sophists we know and learn what is pleasing God; that is why we seek to work righteously and piously.”

Clement from Alexandria, Stromata, The 2nd stromata, Cap. VI, 28.1.-28.2, in Church Fathers and Writers (1982), vol. 5, p. 128

Faith is an assumption you willingly accept, it is a judicious supposition before understanding, it is the expectance of a thing you gain in the future – the expectancy of other things excepting those belonging to faith, are a belief regarding unsafe matters – and the conviction is the sure belief that you will receive the ting you expect. That is why we believe, because we convinced ourselves of what we believe; and it is for the glory of God and our salvation. We have faith in the One God about whom we know that He won`t break the good promises He made us and He won`t refuse us those good things created by virtue of His promises and given to us with benevolence.


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