Fr Stefan Reflects on the Gospel for Dec 6

We read in the Gospel from Saint Matthew (Mat 9:35-10:1), “Jesus went to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness.”

What is striking is the vast numbers of people being healed. They were healed of every disease and illness

“Than he summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and illness.” The same authority that Jesus had he gave to his disciples. Jesus intended for his disciples to do the very same miracles that he himself did.

“Jesus sent them these twelve after instructing them thus, ‘Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons,”

Raniero Cantalamessa says in his book, ‘Come Creator Spirit’ “Almost one-third of the Gospels tells of Jesus healing the sick and restoring the dead to life. He did not set out to heal to prove a point, but simply because he had come to ‘save those who were lost’ (luke 19:10), because he had compassion on people and he wanted for them was life and the liberty to know joy as God’s creatures. alongside of proclaiming the Gospel, care for the sick has a fixed place in  the commission Jesus gave to his followers: “He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal” (Luke 9:2)

Jesus says in (Jn 14:12) “I tell you most solemnly, whoever believes in me will perform the same works I do myself; he will perform even greater works, because I am going to the Father.”

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