“They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured.” vs. 18
During his ministry Jesus functioned both as a teacher and a healer. Luke says that great multitudes of people gathered to hear him speak and to seek healing from various diseases…and he didn’t let them down. They eagerly received his words of insight and wisdom and believed that he spoke with authority…a refreshing change from their scribes who merely rehashed old teachings and repeated old laws. But they were likely more interested in the power they felt in his presence, a healing power that brought liberation from unclean spirits and release from their ailments. As we walk in the way of Jesus we continue to look to him for guidance and direction…and we pray our hearts out for the people around us who struggle with illness and addiction. We know that there is power in the Divine Presence and that as hurting souls experience the Christ who dwells in and around us there will be healing of the mind and body. While we are grateful for hospitals, labs, and physicians for the amazing treatments that have been developed through the years to make our lives better, we also know that true healing comes from God. That’s why we continue our prayers! When offered with love they represent Christ’s restorative presence in our world and are the strength of our faith community.
Thought for the Day: How have my prayers for healing made a difference?