Physician, Heal Thyself

All who were there spoke well of him and were amazed by the beautiful words that fell from his lips. “How can this be?” they asked. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”

 Then he said, “Probably you will quote me that proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself’—meaning, ‘Why don’t you do miracles here in your hometown like those you did in Capernaum?’  But I solemnly declare to you that no prophet is accepted in his own hometown!                                                                               Luke 4:22-24

I had a very small cut on my finger last week. Nothing big- in fact it was really tiny- but it was in a place where it kept getting bumped, and I was annoyed by it. Of course, it healed in a few days, and I can’t even see it now.

It was the healing that reminded me how amazingly our bodies are made. We typically heal from cuts, bumps, sprains, broken bones, surgeries, etc. Thank God for that. Literally!

When I read Jesus’ response to people from his hometown, I saw the parallel to that way that we take amazing things for granted. Jesus was discounted in his own hometown because he was familiar. The local boy that they knew years ago. “Nothing special in him”, they must have thought.

We take the healing ability of our own bodies for granted, and we often lose the sense of awe in that incredible ability our body has to heal itself. No, that ability does not last forever. At some point, (too soon for many) our body can no longer overcome some devastating disease or injury. Yet, so often, our bodies do these incredible things, and we just expect it.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for all the gifts of healing, and the various ways that we experience that, Amen

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