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Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Vs. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made
you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
In this Bible
portion, we read about a bleeding woman, who "had suffered a great
deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet
instead of getting better she grew worse".
According to Mosaic
Law, women who were ceremonially unclean weren't allowed to touch anyone.
But when this woman heard about a man who healed many who had various
diseases, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak.
All those who came
into contact with Jesus, experienced the healing in every part of their
lives, both physically and spiritually.
Where the need is
great, then Jesus is there to touch. From our part, what is needed is the
faith of this woman, the leper, the blind and the many others who were
humble enough to admit that they were in need. All of them believed and
recognized that Jesus was the only one who could satisfy their needs.
Verse 30-31 says “At
once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in
the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
31 “You see the
people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can
ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”
Jesus realized what
had happened; But the disciples who “follow" him are ignorant about
this needy woman.
Are we regular
church goers avoiding the marginalized, disabled or needy who want to
touch Jesus? A True believer is the one who is always willing to extend a
helping hand to someone who is in need. The task of the Church is to
incorporate all types of humans into our community.
A failure to
incorporate all types of humans is to deny Jesus in our lives.
Forgive me for ignoring the struggles of the needy and helpless around
me. Give me the ability to acknowledge that every individual need respect
and dignity. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“How a society
treats its disabled is the true measure of civilization” - Chen
Saji J. Mathew,St. Thomas MTC, Lombard, IL Christian Education Forum,
Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
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…