Medical Miracle Image License (Mark 5:21-43)

Medical Miracle Image License (Mark 5:21-43)

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Medical Miracle
Paper lace
By Hannah Garrity
Inspired by Mark 5:21-43

From our “I’ve been meaning to ask…” collection.

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  • high-res image file formatted for print

  • high-res image file formatted for web/projection

  • A PDF of the Artist's statements & scripture reference for the visual

  • A visio divina Bible Study Guide for you to use this image in a group study session that incorporates the ancient Benedictine spiritual practice of "divine seeing."

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From the artist:

“In this image, syringes, vaccine vials, masks, and Holy Spirit doves pour down the page from Jesus' hem to the woman’s hand—a cacophony of biblical and medical miracles. During the global COVID-19 pandemic, scientists, doctors, and nurses have stepped into their roles with gusto. They had no other choice; they were called to the work by God as Her disciples. Millions of people have died this year of COVID-19. Residual epidemics of systemic colonialist oppression have become painfully apparent across the globe and in all of our localities. Where does it hurt? How can I help?

Over the course of history, the hemorrhaging woman in the crowd has been depicted in a subservient role in many of the art pieces inspired by this Mark text. I have contemplated with sadness the meaning of the layout that I settled on. The woman’s hand reaches out to Jesus’ cloak among the feet of the crowd, which still places her physically lower in the visual. This was a difficult place for me to draw her into the image. It angered me to participate in the patriarchy of Jesus’ time, to perpetuate the patriarchy of our time. Am I extending the patriarchal narrative? Yes. Especially since my subsequent rereads and research of this text lead me to notice that I could have easily placed her hand on Jesus’ shoulder, a pose of familiarity, of equality. It infuriates me that she is considered unclean because of her medical condition. Having just spent a year in effective quarantine, I also understand why we need to have medical care for conditions that could make others sick. It’s a public health crisis. It is complex. Where does it hurt? How can I help?

Despite her condition, God calls her to this place; she had no other choice. I am inspired by her bravery. God calls her to demand the care she needs and the dignity she deserves. The power of her presence is palpable. In this way, the physical placement of the woman’s hand among the feet of the crowd exhibits her power—the power of her presence. Jesus knew immediately that she had touched him; a position of equity. God’s call, her demand for this miracle, and her belief in it made it possible. Who, by their presence, is demanding me to act on my call from God? What is my role as a disciple in this time of global pain? Am I stepping into my role with gusto? Who needs me to ask, ‘Where does it hurt?’

—Hannah Garrity

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