Faith Daily | 31 August 2021
PRAYER of the DAY - PENTECOST APBA p576
Lord of all power and might,
the author and giver of good things:
great in our hearts the love of your name,
increase in us true religion,
nourish us with all goodness,
and of your great mercy keep us in the same;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 4: 31-37
31He went down to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and was teaching them on the sabbath. 32They were astounded at his teaching, because he spoke with authority. 33In the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34“Let us alone! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” 35But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” When the demon had thrown him down before them, he came out of him without having done him any harm. 36They were all amazed and kept saying to one another, “What kind of utterance is this? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and out they come!” 37And a report about him began to reach every place in the region.
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by: Helen Menzies
The man with the demon would have been out in the teaching area of the synagogue where Jesus was outside the inner worshipping area. The demon recognised Jesus for who he was and was very afraid as he cried out. Jesus silenced him, and he was thrown down but with no harm, as Dr Luke importantly points out.
What a huge and tiring day in Jesus’ life. No wonder the crowds were all amazed and word spread far and wide. Jesus must have been very tired as he trudged to Simon's house where presumably he had planned to stay as he had no fixed abode.
They would have been waiting patiently for him because Simon's mother in law was so very ill. Even there, they brought many sick for healing as the sun was setting and Jesus never turned anyone away.
What needs do we bring to him today? Some are fearful of Corona even if they have been vaccinated. What were the demons? Schizophrenia or maybe epilepsy? The poor must have been so relieved to bring their loved ones to Jesus for healing.
FINAL PRAYER: – [Helen Menzies]
We thank you loving Heavenly father for our mental health system with drugs and therapists and hospital care that understand and relieve symptoms. We thank you too for your healing touch on our minds and bodies, and for gift of peace that passes all understanding that is in our hearts, and undergirding our lives through the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank you. Thank you. Amen.