Reflection on reading of the day, Jesus power to heal

“While Jesus was speaking, an official came forward,
knelt down before him, and said,
“My daughter has just died.
But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.”
Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples.
A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him
and touched the tassel on his cloak.
She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.”
Jesus turned around and saw her, and said,
“Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.”
And from that hour the woman was cured. (Mat 9:18-26)

When Jesus arrived at the official’s house
and saw the flute players and the crowd who were making a commotion,
he said, “Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping.”
And they ridiculed him.
When the crowd was put out, he came and took her by the hand,
and the little girl arose.
And news of this spread throughout all that land.” (Mat !8-26)

The official must have had great faith in Jesus. His daughter had died and all he asks of Jesus is to lay his hands on her and she will live. The official must have seen Jesus work great miracles.

We have this same power to heal. Jesus says at the end of Mark, “And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new languages; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”(Mk 16:17-18)

In (Acts 28: 8-9) we read, “Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the chief man of the island, named Publius, who received us and entertained us hospitably for three days. It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery; and Paul visited him and prayed, and putting his hands on him healed him. And when this had taken place, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured.”

In Acts (9:36-43) we read, ” Now there was at Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which means Dorcas or Gazelle. She was full of faith and good works and acts of charity. In those days she fell sick and died; and they washed her, and laid her in an upper room. Since Lydia was near Joppa, the disciples hearing that Peter was there, sent two mento him entreating him, ‘Please come to us without delay.’ So Peter rose and went with them. And when he had come, they took him to the upper room. And the widows stood beside him weeping, and showing him cloaks and garments which Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, ‘Tabitha rise.’ And she opened her eyes and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her hands and lifted her up.”

Peter and Paul were able to heal just like Jesus. We have the same ability to heal as Jesus. The Holy Spirit that flowed through Jesus to heal also flows through us.

Question of day. Do you believe that the miracles that we see in the early Church are meant to happen today?

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