There came a man named Jairus, a leader of the synagogue. He fell at Jesus’ feet and begged him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, who was dying. As he went, the crowds pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years; and though she had spent all she had on physicians, no one could cure her. She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his clothes, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped. Then Jesus asked, ‘Who touched me?’
Why did this woman not approach Jesus directly like Jairus did?
Why did Jesus bring things to a screeching halt even though the woman was already healed?
The woman was not a man, which mattered a good deal in Jesus’ time, and she was not “important,” which still matters much more than it should.
Jesus was making a point of showing the crowd that everyone mattered to him and God, and he was putting people on notice that they need to fix this broken system where some people mattered more than others.
The sermon on this passage is about another group of people who don’t “matter,” the working poor who pay an average of 276% interest on Pay Day Loans, and what we are called to do about that.