Vs.6: "So they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere,"
1: When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases.
2:and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
Healing is one of the important ways God demonstrates his love and compassion. Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you” (John 20:21). Here, Jesus sends his disciples to do the same things that Jesus did: to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick. A man with leprosy came to Jesus and begged him on his knees. “If you are willing you can make me clean” (Mark 1:40). Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man and he was cured (Mark 1:41). Bartimaeus, a blind man shouted “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me”. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see. “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you. Immediately, he received his sight (Mark 10: 51-52). When Jesus sent his chosen twelve on their mission, they were to do exactly as their master did. They were given power over evil forces and to heal the sick. Through their actions, they also proclaimed the good news of the kingdom.
During Biblical time, miraculous healing was needed to strengthen the faith of people. In the modern world, even though we have new medications and surgical procedures available to treat deadly diseases, it is still important to integrate our faith and prayer into our healing process. Just as Jesus sent his disciples to heal the sick, we are also sent to help others in the difficult times. We can show compassion through our prayers and actions. Let you and I become everyday pilgrims whom God can use to bring healing to our broken world.
Father, forgive us for being selfish. Help us to show love and compassion to our suffering neighbor. Amen
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Through our actions God’s love and compassion is materialized.
Community Formation Around
Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small
tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…