for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” Mk 5:28
Triage is the term commonly used to describe the process of determining the priority of treating patients in need of medical attention. It is believed the term originated from the battlefields of the Napoleonic Wars. A French military doctor, Dominique Jean Larrey, developed a system of treatment based on the severity of the injury.
Larrey graded patients and placed them into one of three basic categories: those who are likely to live, those who are unlikely to live and those for whom immediate care might make a positive difference in outcome. It allowed military medical personnel to best use their limited time and resources in the heat of battle. It is a system still used today.
There are some, though, who would like to see a triage system based on value. For example, immediate medical care might make a positive difference on an 80 year old man, but maybe more attention should be given to the 13 year old girl. Treating her, most likely, would provide a longer impact on life than the 80 yr. old man. Sounds cold, but difficult decisions need to be made.
On the way to bring healing to a prominent child, Jesus is interrupted by an unnamed poor woman. She sneaks up behind him, touches his clothes and is healed. The unseen action draws his attention. At first, it seems like he is going to scold her for not following protocol. Instead, he says, “Your faith has made you well, go in peace.”
Social media is a growing battlefield in need of a triage system. We need a triage system to grade the value of news sources. Then a triage system to help us determine which person provides the best analysis of a situation. A triage system, however, cannot necessarily help us with our relationships.
In the modern world, people do not search out Jesus to heal a hemorrhage. However, I do hope we consider Jesus when debating value of people. This story reminds us of the value Jesus places on life. To Jesus, people have value whether they are rich or poor; young or old; faithful or spiritually unknown. Speak to each other as though each of you have value. It will help you be made well.
Click to read: Mark 5: 24-35
- What do you find most frustrating about social media?
- How would you triage the situation to heal your frustrations?
- Where do you find yourself struggling to grant value to people?
- How might Christ help you with this struggle?
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