Wednesday 6 September 2017

About Today Readings

Colossians 1:1-8. Psalm 51(52):10-11. Luke 4:38-44.

I trust in the kindness of God for ever — Psalm 51(52):10-11.

‘He laid his hands on each of them and healed them.’

Jesus’ preaching ministry has taken him through Nazareth, where he was rejected, to Capernaum. There, in a homely scene in which he is compassionately responsive to the pleas of those assembled, he heals the mother-in-law of Peter. This is an event that seems to have made quite an impact not only on his followers (it is recorded in all three synoptic gospels) but also on the people living nearby who brought their ailing loved ones to him.

We all stand in need of Jesus’ healing touch, especially in times of emotional and mental distress. Then, praying for ourselves and others similarly afflicted, we might make our own the words of Carey Landry’s well-known hymn: ‘Lay your hands gently upon us. Let their touch render your peace.’

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