v. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”

This verse sums up this miracle to me. I think somehow in seeking to be God’s servants in anything but especially healing, we are to let our hearts go out to others. I think that means first of all to let God soften our hearts so that we can have some understanding of their pain, woundedness, and/or disease. I also have to ask God to help me have the heart to take the time to have some understanding. There is so much that demands attention in my life that many times I do not really see others. Back to noticing but with the heart of God! Create in me a new heart, oh Lord.

The Centurion was a man of authority. He expected those under him to do exactly as he said. He saw the authority that Jesus had, God’s own authority. Do we really think that God has authority in our world, over our lives, over our health, welfare and future? How do we express our belief if we do believe this and how would it be evident to others, as the Centurion’s belief was very evident. The Centurion did not find himself worthy to go to Jesus but knew that if Jesus only spoke the words of healing that his servant would be healed. Do we believe that God’s authority has any real power in our world today? Can a word spoken impact our world, my life? Thank you Lord for your Word of life! How do I participate in a word of life to bring healing to others?

Jesus was in the synagogue teaching on a Sabbath. He noticed the man. He notices our afflictions. ┬áJesus was also aware that the Pharisees and teachers of the law were not there to learn or worship, they were watching Jesus to see how they could harm him. He asks them if it is better to do good or evil on the Sabbath. This pretty much nullifies the law they want to use to harm Jesus. How many of us go to church to worship God? How many times do we get caught up in something other than worship? Do we do good or evil on the Sabbath? I get how noticing afflictions will impact participation in healing. I also get that my being”good” does not qualify me to participate in any of God’s work – Lord, teach me to workship that I may be part of your work in this world.

This poor man was so in need of Jesus’ compassion! When Jesus asked him if he wants to be made well, the man does not even answer the question. He immediately explains why it is not possible. Do I explain to God why he cannot accomplish things in my life, listing the reasons why? The text does not indicate that the man gave thanks for his healing. Do I always give thanks to God for the good he gives me? I think not! Lord, please help my response to your work in my life be one of thanksgiving and help me glorify YOU, the Lord of all creation!

Oh, the faith of this man’s friends! How many times have I not had that kind of faith for my own friends? The text says “Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic ‘Son, cheer up, your sins are forgiven.'” What cheer I should have everyday as I know my sins are forgiven!

Jesus says to the man “Get up, and take up your mat and go up to your house.” The man had been spiritually healed, had he been physically healed and just not known it? The man got up and went home glorifying God. This causes me to wonder how many times the Lord has answered my prayer and I have been unaware that he answered it. When I became aware of an answered prayer, did I glorify God? Going on with this thought, how may I glorify God this day?

As I read about the healing of Simon Peter’s mother-in-law from all three references, it seemed that perhaps he was not the first one to think of asking Jesus to heal her. I wondered how many times we do not see those closest to us that need healing.

Another aspect of this healing that took me by surprise was that Jesus rebuked the fever. I understand that somehow there was demonic activity. How does one know if an illness is caused by demonic activity? Jesus certainly had the ability to see this. How do we see it? I need to think about this and ask the Holy Spirit to give me understanding and God’s wisdom in this.