Come, Holy Spirit. Give me faith in Jesus’ powers.
Picture Jesus healing the man with the withered hand.
For a while, Jesus continues his ministry within the synagogue. Unfortunately, this great healing of a withered hand is overshadowed by a controversy. This leads to the pronouncement that “doing good” and “saving life” is more important than Sabbath laws.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)
- Time and again, Jesus returns to the synagogue, so it would receive the new powers of the Kingdom.
- Jesus did many healings on the Sabbath because that was when the people gathered in the synagogue.
- Some reject his powers. They do not understand the greatness of his gift or the importance of his invitation.
- Fortunately, this man does believe. He stands up and stretches out his hand. By Jesus’ power, he becomes a living sign of the Kingdom.
- Jesus’ enemies still resist. This healing only hardens their hearts. Even miracles will not change them.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- Come to my synagogue Jesus. Restore my life! Pour out your blessings.
- O Jesus, I need your powers and I need your Kingdom.
- Jesus, turn your eyes to my afflictions. Let me hear you say “Stand up here.”
- Jesus, I will stretch out the withered hand of my emotional needs, my sinful tendencies and my ruined life. You will make me whole.
- I will be a sign to others. By my changed life, I will be your witness.
- Jesus, do not let me harden my heart to your invitations.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will always trust that Jesus will come, will enter my heart, and will heal me.
+ I will not allow my critics to sway my decisions.