In studying the eighth and ninth chapters of Matthew, one is impressed with the quality of thought expressed by those who came to Jesus for healing, namely, evident expectancy, the result of some measure of faith in God's goodness, which they glimpsed through the transparency of Jesus' purity. The leper came and "worshipped" Jesus, humbly saying, "Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." With the words, "I will; be thou clean," Jesus gave him proof of God's willingness to heal.

In the account of the healing of the centurion's servant, the centurion began by "beseeching him;" and Jesus gave the glad answer, "I will come and heal him," his divine compassion being ever ready to meet the human need. Then, it is recorded that Jesus marveled at the centurion's answer, which showed clearly that it was to the authority of the Christ, Truth, that he appealed, the authority which operates irrespective of place; for he desired Jesus only to "speak the word." With what joy must the centurion have heard the gracious reply of the master Metaphysician, "As thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee," confirming his faith in God, who alone heals!

The ninth chapter records the healing of the woman with the issue of blood. Here we find Jesus approached in another way. The woman strove to touch but the hem of his garment. She had to approach immaculate goodness, as manifested by Jesus, in her own way. With sublime faith and expectancy of healing she fulfilled her object. Jesus, feeling the mental touch, lifted her thought higher, explaining that it was her faith that had healed her.

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