They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all (Matthew 15:30)


What can we make of Jesus’s ability to heal everyone of whatever afflicted them? Jesus healed many many people wherever he went. He even raised a few if them back to life after they had died! The crowd who witnessed it with their own eyes were amazed – of course they were! The problem that faces most of us today, is the overwhelming attitude of scepticism that pervades our modern society. It seems that ever since Galileo realised that the earth goes round the sun and then Darwin published his his famous theory of evolution, we, as a society have been persuaded to put our faith more and more in the truths and proofs of science and mathematics. However, just because science has allowed us to pin down some of the laws of physics, chemistry etc and despite all that this understanding has revealed to us, it does not answer all our questions. Science offers us knowledge. God, through scripture and prayer offers us wisdom. With an attitude of faith and a respect of scripture I believe it is possible – no, probable, that great healing of body, mind and soul can be achieved.


Proverbs 4:20-22 NLT

My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.

Matthew 15:29-31 NLT

Jesus returned to the Sea of Galilee and climbed a hill and sat down. A vast crowd brought to him people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn’t speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all. The crowd was amazed! Those who hadn’t been able to speak were talking, the crippled were made well, the lame were walking, and the blind could see again! And they praised the God of Israel.


It is hard for many of us to see past the physical laws of nature. This world and what is possible upon it seems finite. But there are always other points of view in any given situation and the same is true with miraculous healing. It happens whether we like it or not. It happens whether we believe it or not, whether we can prove it or not. I would like it to happen much more and my goal today is to try to change my attitude of conditioned scepticism. My goal is to let what I know of God penetrate my heart more deeply than what I know of this world.

Today’s readings:

Genesis 48:1-49:33, Matthew 15:29-16:12, Psalms 20:1-9, Proverbs 4:20-27


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