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In the rich tapestry of Biblical history, the tassel on the garment holds a special place as a symbol of faithfulness and remembrance. The commandment given through Moses to the Israelites was a physical representation of an inward commitment to God’s laws. The violet cord on each corner of their garments served as a constant reminder of their covenant with the Lord (Num 15:38-39).

Jesus and the Tassel

Jesus Christ, in His adherence to the Law, also wore the traditional garment with tassels. This was not merely a nod to tradition but a profound embodiment of His role as the fulfillment of the Law. The tassels on His garment became points of contact between the divine and the human, channels of His miraculous power.

The account of the woman with the hemorrhage (Mk 5:28) is a testament to the faith that the tassels represented. Her belief that touching even the fringe of Jesus’ garment could restore her health speaks volumes about the perceived holiness of these tassels. Similarly, the people of Gennesaret sought healing by touching the tassel of His cloak, and “as many as touched it were healed” (Mt 14:36; Mk 6:53-56).


Today, as Christians, we may not wear physical tassels on our garments, but we carry symbols of our faith that serve a similar purpose. The rosary, scapular, and crucifix are more than mere objects; they are tangible expressions of our devotion and reminders of the spiritual laws we strive to uphold.

As we reflect on the significance of the tassel, let us consider the ways in which we can be reminders of God’s presence in the world. Our actions, words, and the symbols we carry can be sources of comfort and healing to those around us. Let us wear our faith proudly, not as a superficial badge, but as a deep commitment to living out the commandments of love and service that Jesus exemplified.

In a world yearning for authenticity and truth, may we be like the tassels on the garment, visible signs of a life dedicated to following Christ. And just as the tassels were a reminder to the Israelites, may our lives remind others of the transformative power of God’s love and the hope that is found in adhering to His commandments. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Mt 5:16).

In this way, we continue the legacy of those who reached out to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment, seeking not only healing but a deeper connection with the Savior. May our faith be as tangible and our commitment as steadfast as the tassels on the garment, guiding us ever closer to the heart of God.

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