Credible witnesses claimed Jesus was a healer with a difference — not a quack who worked miracles with a line of Scripture and a tablet or two. Jesus was someone who healed with authority — even casting out demons and curing leprosy. As a result, villagers and townsfolk alike spilled out of their homes, abandoning flocks and fields, fishing nets and looms, as they went in search of Jesus. It was as though the whole of Galilee suddenly became his followers — each person desperate to find the healing he or she desired.
Today there is the same preoccupation with finding healing. Consumers are quick to locate the newest miracle drug, the most promising medical breakthrough, the most reasonable alternative approach. Just as the Galileans flocked to Jesus, so we flock to clinics, hospitals, workshops, book stores, health food stores and even web sites. Too often, the more money we spend, the less satisfying the results. In contrast, what Jesus offers is freely given. The basis of his healing is love — not gain.
Heal us, Lord, of all of our ills — mind and body, heart and soul.