And behold, a woman who had suffered from a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment; 21 for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I shall be made well.”  (Matthew 9:20–21).

Like Moses on Sinai, she will think herself highly blessed if she can just approach the Holy One from behind, getting a glimpse of his back. “Moses covered his face, for he was afraid to gaze on God” (Exodus 3:6). In her adoring humility the woman does indeed reenact in the presence of Jesus—Emmanuel moving among his people—the awesome joy experienced by Moses when God pronounced his name from the fire: “YHWH—I Am Who Am.”

Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis, Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word: Meditations on the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, Chapters 1–25, vol. 1 (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1996–2012), page 461–462.

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