Jesus Heals and Restores

Jesus was surrounded by a large crowd. People flocked to hear Him and receive ministry from Him. Among them was a man whose daughter was dying, and a woman who had been ill for many years. The man was able to speak to Jesus directly and ask for help but the woman could only reach out to touch His cloak. Both received healing and generous love from the Lord and their lives were changed for the better.

Generous love is God’s gift to each of us. St Paul calls it “grace” and he reminds us that this is what caused Jesus to become poor for our sakes, so that we, through His poverty might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).  What sort of response do we give for such generosity?


Scripture Readings

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
David mourns for Saul and Jonathan

2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Paul encourages generous giving

Mark 5:21-43
Jesus heals and restores

Who is He?

John 3: 1-12

“Who sinned, this man or his parents?” the disciples asked Jesus when they saw a blind man. Perhaps they should have asked: “who hasn’t sinned?” because the Word of God tells us that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). The man wasn’t blind because he was being punished but his condition did give Jesus an opportunity to show God’s love. Without hesitation the Lord attended to the blind man and restored his sight.

The blind man didn’t ask for healing but he had the faith to go and wash his face as Jesus told him to. Faith receives blessings from God but faith does not deserve those blessings. Like the blind man we need to be willing to receive from God without thinking we deserve anything from Him. And then we must also be willing to rejoice in Him.

Scripture Readings

1 Samuel 16:1-13
Samuel anoints David as King

Ephesians 5:8-14
Live as children of the Light

John 9:1-12, 35-38
Jesus heals a man born blind

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