In my research, I have looked at one story that occurs throughout the Gospels. My goal was to compare and contrast one story that occurs in different books, and to look at what that means for the main message and goal of the passage. I compared a story about one of the many healing miracles that Jesus performed in the New Testament. In this passage a woman is inflicted with chronic menstrual flow. She was among a crowd of people following Jesus so she decided to touch his cloak in hopes of being cured. Matthew, Mark, and Luke all display the story in a different way, but they come to the same conclusion. Because the woman had such steadfast trust in Jesus, she was cured solely by that. Although the story may have been different in each book, the validity of the message was not taken away. The woman was seen as filthy and foul, and, even though in the cultural context Jesus would have been seen as dirty to associate with her, he broke the social and religious norms to heal her. This passage throughout all of the gospels shows Jesus’ deep love for each and every human no matter their circumstance. By going against the social and religious norms of the time, Jesus showed the importance of God’s way above the human way, and, by trusting in him that he will give you new life.
Emily Kipper, ’13
Cedar Rapids, IA
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Sponsor: Joseph Molleur