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Matthew 8:1-17, Healings of Jesus

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah, ‘He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.
— Matthew 8:17

NL Daily Devotion for Saturday, February 9, 2019

by Rev. Stefanie Fauth, Clergy Stuff


Jesus heals so many.

These healings were to help the people of Israel see that Jesus was indeed the fulfillment of the prophecies of the scripture.

And still, one of the Gentiles is who displays the most faith.

Perhaps those of us who have been members of the faith become complacent, expecting that God will do miracles.

We forget to marvel at our God and what God is doing in our lives and in the world.

Let us try to remember what it was like to be new to the faith and marvel once more.

Narrative Lectionary Daily Reading:

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.’ He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, ‘I do choose. Be made clean!’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Then Jesus said to him, ‘See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.’

Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant

 When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to himand saying, ‘Lord, my servant is lying at home paralysed, in terrible distress.’ And he said to him, ‘I will come and cure him.’ The centurion answered, ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, “Go”, and he goes, and to another, “Come”, and he comes, and to my slave, “Do this”, and the slave does it.’ When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, ‘Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ And to the centurion Jesus said, ‘Go; let it be done for you according to your faith.’ And the servant was healed in that hour.

Jesus Heals Many at Peter’s House

 When Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever; he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him. That evening they brought to him many who were possessed by demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and cured all who were sick. This was to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah, ‘He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.’

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