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Monday, November 20, 2000

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Revelation 1:1-4; 2:1-5
Psalm 1
Luke 18:35-43

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seeing healings

"Receive your sight. Your faith has healed you." —Luke 18:42

Jesus instantaneously healed many blind people. Because Jesus is the same today (Heb 13:8), He continues to instantaneously heal many blind people. However, many Christians in our secular humanistic culture have been programmed to have reservations about Jesus' healings. They wonder whether Jesus really did all those healings. Even if they believe He did, they doubt whether He still does such things. They think that things are different now, and of course, they are right. Now we can't talk to Jesus standing right in front of us, and we can't audibly hear His voice. Things are different for us than for those who walked and talked with Jesus.

However, these differences do not mean that Jesus heals less but that He heals more. Jesus said that it is better for us that He go (Jn 16:7). After Jesus ascended, He and the Father sent the Holy Spirit (see Jn 16:7-8). Filled with the Spirit, those who believe in Jesus can do works greater than Jesus ever did (Jn 14:12). Jesus began the New Testament healing ministry; He did not end it. Therefore, we can live in the golden age of healing. But we must first let Jesus open our eyes to see His greater healings and greater glory shining through the New Testament Church (see 2 Cor 3:9).

Lord, "I want to see" (Lk 18:41).

Prayer:  Father, in this year of the Great Jubilee, may I begin to see things the way you see them.

Promise:  "I hold this against you, though: you have turned aside from your early love. Keep firmly in mind the heights from which you have fallen. Repent, and return to your former deeds." —Rv 2:4-5

Praise:  Expecting to see a dramatic physical healing of one of its members, those in a small prayer group witnessed an even more amazing spiritual healing.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, April 24, 2000

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 27, 2000