"In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood." It's never occurred to me before that if Jesus had resisted the cross, he would have sinned. He would have had to lie or manipulate those around him. He could have denied who he was. Instead, he lived his humanity and divinity fully. His dying for me was a direct consequence of how he chose to live his life.
One more thing: I think I tend to trivialize my Lord, and then I read the miracles that he performed in this week's gospel readings and it starts to sink in. I begin to realize what a powerful and amazing God I have. Motherhood can leave me feeling drained, just like the hemorrhaging woman. As my faith grows and I begin to think maybe, just maybe, I can reach out and touch him too.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me the faith to reach out to you when I am feeling drained. Help me to turn to you as my first, not my last resort! In your precious name, Amen. St. Ansgar, pray for me.