FRIDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

January 11, 2019

1 John 5: 5-13

 

Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

 

This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth. There are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood, and these three agree. If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

 

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

 

 

Psalm 147: 12-15, 19-20

 

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!

    Praise your God, O Zion!

For he strengthens the bars of your gates;

    he blesses your children within you.

 He grants peace within your borders;

    he fills you with the finest of wheat.

He sends out his command to the earth;

    his word runs swiftly.

He declares his word to Jacob,

    his statutes and ordinances to Israel.

 He has not dealt thus with any other nation;

    they do not know his ordinances.

Praise the Lord!

 

 

Luke 5: 12-16

 

Once, when he was in one of the cities, there was a man covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” Then Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do choose. Be made clean.” Immediately the leprosy left him. And he ordered him to tell no one. “Go,” he said, “and show yourself to the priest, and, as Moses commanded, make an offering for your cleansing, for a testimony to them.” But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray.

(NRSVCE)

 

 

Meditation

 

When we are sick, we look for healing first through the body’s natural healing abilities, special diet and therapies, then through medical treatments, surgery and, if all else fails, through prayer. But when we see how Jesus spent so much of his time in prayer, it reminds us that prayer is the first place to begin. In that way, we can see how the Lord wants to heal us.  No matter which avenue of healing we seek, God’s love and intent to heal remains the same.

 

Sometimes, we are healed, as it is said, on the other side. “This is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” The ultimate healing is reconciliation with God or union with God. Sickness is a side effect of our fallen nature and the vulnerability we all suffer since the first parents declared independence from God and sinned. We are greatly restored to health by prayer in communion with God.

 

Chronic pain or terminal illness can test our faith. While the Lord’s desire to heal is in His character, he allows sickness on earth, reminding us that we will have to face death. But the Lord has overcome death. Sickness and death are not the end. Ultimately, all physical suffering will pass away when we are in complete union with the Lord in heaven where there will be no more pain or death.

 

Today, ask the Lord for the healing you need whether it is physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. Have faith that Jesus is willing and desiring your healing. Above all, He longs for you to know His love and give you peace.

 

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