Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity- 15-09-19

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Healing service

God is seen in the Bible as a saviour and as the one who redeems people. The saving grace of God is granted to people in their political struggles, in their economic crisis, in military endeavours, during ecological catastrophes and very specially in the healing of the people. The Psalmist for instance cries out to God when he is unwell, ‘Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror.’ Psalm 6.2. The psalmist on another occasion testifies saying, ‘O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.’ Psalm 30.2. And he says further ‘he sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from destruction.’ Psalm 107.20. God is seen as the one who heals people. Healing is a redemptive grace of God. There are different ways we experience healing. Medicine and medical care helps us to heal and we believe that prayer helps and enables healing. God cares for people who are weak and unwell, people who are in discomfort and who are in despair. Healing was an important part of the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. People came from all places to our Lord seeking healing. Jesus had compassion on those people and healed them. He was so compassionate that even on the Sabbath day he healed people. He not only healed but gave his disciples the power and the authority to heal. Later the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ prayed and helped people heal and eventually the church takes up the task of healing as the mission of the church. The church prays for people who are unwell. We hear of miraculous healing and we also hear of healing through medical procedure. In the tradition of the church we today start a time of prayer for the healing of people on the third Sunday of every month. We heard of the day when our Lord Jesus Christ visited Jerusalem and he goes to the pool of Bethzada. He meets someone who has been unwell for 38 years and has been left by his family beside a pool. Jesus asks the man, do you want to be healed. Like this in every healing narration, this is a standard query of our Lord, ‘do you want to be healed’. In the determination to be healed, Jesus offers the grace of healing. When we have health issues of any kind, we makes this our prayer, Lord Jesus heal me and restore me to health. We as disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ pray for our healing and also for the healing of other people whom we care for. God is merciful to heal.