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.
Dr. Cherian Alexander, Epiphany MTC, NYChristian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church