Meditation: Who do you take your troubles to? Jesus'
disciples freely brought their troubles to him because they found
him ready and able to deal with any difficulty, affliction, or
sickness which they encountered. When Simon Peter brought Jesus to
his home for the Sabbath meal (right after Jesus preached in the
synagogue in Capernaum), his mother-in-law was instantly healed
because Jesus heard Simon's prayer. Jesus could not avoid drawing
a crowd wherever he went.
Jesus wants to set us free today
No one who asked Jesus for help was left disappointed. Jesus' numerous healings and exorcisms demonstrated the power and authority of his word, the "good news of the kingdom of God." When he rebuked the fever, it immediately left. When he rebuked the demons, they left as well. Why did the demons shudder at Jesus' presence? They recognized that he was the Christ, the Son of God and that he had power to destroy their kingdom by releasing those bound by it. Jesus came to set us free from bondage to sin and evil. Do you seek freedom in Christ and trust in his power to set you free?
When Jesus and the disciples sought a lonely place to regroup and
rest, they found instead a crowd waiting for them! Did they resent
this intrusion on their hard-earned need for privacy and
refreshment? Jesus certainly didn't but welcomed them with
open-arms. Jesus put human need ahead of everything else. His
compassion showed the depths of God's love and concern for all who
are truly needy. Jesus gave the people the word of God and he
healed them physically as well as spiritually.
Jesus never tires of hearing and answering our pleas
We can never intrude upon God nor exhaust his generosity and kindness. He is ever ready to give to those who earnestly seek him out. Do you allow Jesus to be the Lord and Healer in your personal life, family, and community? Approach him with expectant faith. God's healing power restores us not only to health but to active service and care of others. There is no trouble he does not want to help us with and there is no bondage he can't set us free from. Do you take your troubles to him with expectant faith that he will help you?
"Lord Jesus Christ, you have all power to heal and to deliver. There is no trouble nor bondage you cannot overcome. Set me free to serve you joyfully and to love and serve others generously. May nothing hinder me from giving myself wholly to you and to your service."
This reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager, whose website is located at: http://www.rc.net/wcc/readings/