When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”
“You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.
Matthew 17: 14 – 18
Jesus and the disciples had just come from the glorious experience of the transfiguration, and a man approached them pleading for healing for a sick child, who the disciples had not been able to heal. Jesus’ response is provocative – ‘you unbelieving generation’, he says, and he heals the child. But his comment is foreshadowing his end – ‘how long shall I stay with you?’ he asks. Jesus has revealed who he is, and he has confirmed his authority by healing the child, and now he is preparing the disciples and the crowd for what must happen to him. He will not always be physically with them.
Prayer: Beloved Jesus, in your earthly life, you revealed yourself to us in humility and power, in the everyday and in glory, in time and in eternity. Help us to see that you are in all things, teaching us, leading us, healing and redeeming us, so that we can reflect your glory in the world and honour you.
Action: spend time thinking about how God is revealed in something that you love, something you wouldn’t normally think of as reflecting God.