The Power of Jesus

– 14th Week in Ordinary Time –

‘Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel’ the people said. But the Pharisees said, ‘It is through the prince of devils that he casts out devils.’   [Matthew 9:33-34]

Today’s Gospel ends Chapters 8 and 9 in Matthew’s Gospel. These chapters are a collection of ten stories that shows Jesus’ power and compassion heralding the new age of the kingdom of God. Those who encountered this healing power of Jesus were amazed and wondered with the disciples, ‘Whatever kind of man is this, even the winds and the sea obey him?’ [Mt 8:27]

However, those whose power was threatened by Jesus closed themselves to this reality, sowing seeds of doubt to the point of claiming this healing power of Jesus came not from God but from ‘the prince of devils’. The cosmic struggle between good and evil is laid bare.

Where is the healing power of Jesus active in your life? We often think about it when confronted with the very difficult realities of illness and death, of broken relationships and a sense of hopelessness. Maybe we find it hard to believe that this power, described so dramatically in the gospels, is present today.

The earth is crying out for healing. The people of the earth are crying out for healing. The Church is crying out for healing. And very possible you and I are crying out for healing. So let’s pray today that we will be open to the healing power that God offers us. Let’s be attentive to where we see this at work in our daily lives. And let’s bring to Jesus all who long for healing and peace.


by Sr Kari Hatherell osu

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