Are you hurting or healing?

Continuing from last week’s conversation.  Jesus’ new teaching is the healing of his people.  As we work to define our new teaching we must also ask “Are we hurting or healing?”

Mark 1:29-39

After Jesus and his disciples left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.

The picture at the top is an artists depiction of the woman touching the hem of Jesus’ robe from Mark Ch. 5.  The floor seen in the picture is the actual road where this healing miracle took place.  I also think it is the perfect imagery of our healing being seen as happening on the altar.  this was one of my favorite places I visited in Israel, outside of Jerusalem.

Below are pictures I took in Capernaum.  The top picture is inside the synagogue from the Gospel story last week.  The bottom pictures are on a slide show and the ruins of St. Peter’s House and the Chruch that now exists on top of it.  I thought it would be fun to share the locations mentioned in the Gospel and Sermon.

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Just Keep Forgiving

Forgiveness is hard, but that doesn’t give us the excuse to not practice it.  On Sunday, I preached about forgiveness.  I even included a little exercise to help see what forgiveness  feels like and why it’s important for us.  I encourage you to “play along” at home!

The Gospel

Matthew 18:21-35

Peter came and said to Jesus, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.

“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”