Twenty Third Sunday After Pentecost The Gospel Matt. 9. v. 18 FRIDAY Meditation: A Plaine Path-way To Heaven Thomas Hill 1634
GOSPEL Matt. 9:18-26
At that time, as Jesus was speaking these things unto them, behold a certain ruler came up, and adored him, saying: "Lord, my daughter is even now dead; but come, lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live." And Jesus rising up followed him, with his disciples. And behold a woman who was troubled with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment. For she said within herself: "If I shall touch only his garment, I shall be healed." But Jesus turning and seeing her, said: "Be of good heart, daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole." And the woman was made whole from that hour. And when Jesus was come into the house of the ruler, and saw the minstrels and the multitude making a rout, He said: "Give place, for the girl is not dead, but sleepeth." And they laughed him to scorn. And when the multitude was put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand. And the maid arose. And the fame hereof went abroad into all that country.
For as much as corporal diseases are commonly inflicted upon us for the cure of our spiritual, and are certain symptoms & sign hereof, we will consider of whom this woman may be a figure or Type, whose flux was such as it could not be stopped, or cured by any art of Physician, for she had tries all for the space of twelve years together, & could find no cure.
She may signify those that have so accustomed themselves to sin, that it is grown unto a necessity, that they cannot chose but sin, their concupiscence and desires being so strong with custom, & themselves so weak, that they are not able to stop & stay the continual flux and flowing thereof: and especially this is true of the sin of the flesh, of which Salomon who had experience thereof sayth: It hath overthrown and wounded many, and those many are those that have been slain by it.