Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
James : 5 :13 -19
VS. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the
Lord will raise them up;
1. Called to be an Interceding Community
Apostle James speaks of healing from the communitarian
aspect. The faith community is asked to intercede on behalf of the sick
and pray for the sick. v : 15: -“ The prayer offered in faith will make
the person well”.
Healing is only effective through reconciliation.
Reconciliation between God and man and between man and man, v:16 :
“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other. The Mar Thoma
Church practices the sacrament of ‘Anointing the sick’. This sacrament
can be administered for the healing of the sick expressing solidarity and
prayers of the faith community.
2. Called to be a Compassionate Community:
Today the world lacks compassion and is bereft of
compassionate people. It was compassion that led Jesus to heal the sick
and feed the hungry. His compassion can be particularly seen in two
events- His healing of the ear of His captor the high priest’s servant
(Lk : 22 :51) and His prayer on the cross for His persecutors. “Father
forgive them for they do not know what they are doing“ (Lk : 23 :34). Let
us imbibe in us the compassionate qualities of our Lord.
Called to be a healing Community:
His compassion led Him to heal. His faith was
expressed in action. Jesus healed through His words and where He felt the
need He touched and healed. The world today needs a compassionate
Jesus looked up to the heavenly Father as He always
does and interceded for this man. The people were astonished and realized
Isaiah’s prophecy about the Messiah. (Isaiah: 35 :5 -6 , Isaiah :42 :7
Let us as a faith community extend our healing hands
to our brothers and sisters in need. As we set apart this Sunday as
Medical mission Sunday, let us pray for those engaged in the healing
ministry and pray for the underprivileged who have no access or cannot
afford medical care. Let us challenge ourselves to serve these brothers
Lord our Heavenly Father, we ask for a compassionate heart. We pray for
those engaged in the healing ministry. We pray for the
underprivileged who cannot afford medical care. Help us to use our time,
talents and resources to help those in need. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Exodus :15 :26 “ ……For I am the Lord who heals you”.