Christ’s Healing Mission

Luke 4: 38-44
Colo 1: 1-8 / Psa 52

I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.
(Luke 4:43)

Jesus showed His great compassion
Curing all kinds of affliction.
Let’s take part in this commission,
Spread His Good News of salvation.

Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. So He bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them. When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, He healed them. Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But He rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Christ. At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for Him and when they came to where He was, they tried to keep Him from leaving them. But He said, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” And He kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea. (Luke 4: 38-44)

Reflection

There are a few things worth reflecting on today’s Gospel passage. First, the ministry of service is a never-ending task, as our Lord Jesus here demonstrated. He never begged-off, and hardly even rested. Since the healing session started late, as the people could only bring their sick relatives to Him after dark when the Sabbath officially ended, Jesus had to work well into the night. And yet He had to get up early the following morning, because it was the only time that He could communicate with the Father in prayer.

Secondly, we observe that meditation was an important part of Jesus’ ministry. He always prayed (usually before His day started). It was as if He drew strength and inspiration from God through prayers. Here Jesus shows us the real purpose and importance of prayer. For sure, the Father gave Him all the inputs necessary for the success of His undertakings. Fatigue was hardly a factor, even though He travelled great distances and worked tirelessly, preaching, healing and driving out evil spirits. It was because “the Spirit of the Lord was upon Him” (Lk. 4:18). Sometimes, don’t we get so worked up with our plans and schedules that we just zip through our time of prayer? How can we get our ‘marching orders’ for the day if we have no time to meditate on the Lord? How can we be fired up by the Holy Spirit?

Lastly, we also observe that Jesus had to forego unfinished business in Capernaum because His instructions from the Father was to bring the Gospel message to other towns in Galilee as well. Far more important than healing the body is healing the spirit. The first Jesus did out of compassion, but the other was for the more important task of mission. Jesus’ mission was to preach the Good News of salvation through the repentance of sins. This was His primary purpose to undo the fallen state of mankind. In the three-year span of His mission, He had to build His Church to continue this task long after He was gone.

Charismatic renewal organizations are the most active armies of the Church in continuing the mission of our Lord and Savior. We are all called and empowered by the Holy Spirit to bring Jesus Christ and His Gospel message to others. Spreading His Word will heal our very sick world. Come, and be counted, and enlist in His army. For ‘Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, the Son of man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels’ (Luke 9:26).

Divine Master, heal our troubled world; let your Holy Spirit lead more people to pray, and be more receptive to Your Word, so that Your kingdom may soon be here on earth. Amen.

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