Second Thought

Looking again at news and commentary

"Building ramps toward wholeness"
(Matt. 9:18–26)

Excerpts from a sermon by Rev. Marilyn Lerch Scott, Director of Parish Life, First United Methodist Church, Elmhurst, Illinois

"Jesus spent a lot of time healing. This morning's Scripture comes in the middle of a whole series of healings by Jesus—lepers are made clean, paralyzed people begin to walk, fevers are gone, those with mental illnesses are transformed, the blind are made to see. Of the forty-three miracles performed by Jesus during his life that we have record of, thirty of them were healing miracles. Here in the church, we consider seriously the teachings of Christ, but when it comes to the activity of healing, where so much of the time and energy of Jesus was invested, our modern minds either classify these events as fantasy, or we attempt with the help of science and medicine to explain what really happened. What really did happen? ... A headline in the newspaper recently caught my eye. Maybe you saw it too. 'Study Finds Worship Has Health Benefit.' Now that sounds like good news. ...

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