“Long story short: we don’t get to make our lives up. We get to receive our lives as gifts. The story that says we should have no story except the story we chose when we had no story is a lie.
To be human is to learn that we don’t get to make up our lives, because we’re creatures. Christians are people who recognise that we have a Father whom we can thank for our existence. Christian discipleship is about learning to receive life as gift without regret.”
Stanley Hauerwas, ‘The politics of gentleness: Abled and disabled’, Christian Century (Dec 2,2008), 32.
The persistence of Jesus in discovering who touched him rivals the woman’s persistence in reaching Jesus. She wants a cure, a something, whereas Jesus desires a personal encounter with someone. He is not content to dispatch a miracle; he wants to encounter a person.
In the kingdom of God, miracle leads to meeting. Discipleship is not simply getting our needs met; it is being in the very presence of Jesus, being known by him, and following him.
James R.Edwards, The Gospel According to Mark (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002), 165.
How do we know all the details of the woman with the flow of blood in Mark 5? My guess is that she remained a disciple of Jesus and followed him around along with the other disciples, and in the course of the journeying she shared her background with Peter, who likely forms the primary source for Mark.