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Saturday, April 13, 2013
Today’s Reading | Luke 4:38–44
After leaving the synagogue he entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked him about her. Then he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. Immediately she got up and began to serve them.
As the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various kinds of diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on each of them and cured them. Demons also came out of many, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Messiah.
At daybreak he departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowds were looking for him; and when they reached him, they wanted to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.” So he continued proclaiming the message in the synagogues of Judea. (NRSV)
When I was in college, I was a nanny to a five-year-old girl and nine-year-old twin boys. The two boys spent time with each other and were able to keep themselves occupied, which normally left me to spend my time with the little girl. As is with most young children, one of her biggest issues was sharing with others. Perhaps because she was the youngest and the only female child, she never really had to learn to share her things. Each day, I worked very hard to teach the young girl how to allow others to use her things, especially when she wasn’t using them. By the end of the summer, she could share her crayons when coloring, evenly distribute the items in her play kitchen, and she could even share her time with me—by not having a meltdown if we decided to go outside with her brothers and play soccer, a sport she didn’t particularly like to play.
From my experience, I can only imagine the crazy scene in Capernaum as Jesus begins to heal the ailing people of the city. Unwilling to share Jesus with others, the people of Capernaum want to prevent Jesus from leaving their city. “But he said to them, ‘I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose’” (Luke 4:43). It is hard to argue with Jesus, especially when he wants to heal the rest of the world. Thankfully, the people of Capernaum decided to share Jesus, and so he was able to continue declaring his important message to all the people.
Dear Lord, help me to remember that I cannot keep you all to myself, but that I must share you with the world. Amen.
Written by Megan Eddy, Editorial Assistant
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