Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them.
Matthew 4: 23 – 24
It makes sense that news like this would spread fast. Jesus comes sharing good news. These people were under Roman rule. A large chunk of people under Rome’s empire experienced different degrees of poverty, and because of a low quality of living and access to clean water and proper hygiene, diseases were widespread. Good news for these people came in Jesus coming to heal them and giving them a hope which they have not experienced under the oppression they have been subjected to.
While we might not under Roman rule, we are in a time of a global pandemic. We want good news to come in many different forms. We want that same healing that Jesus did in this passage to be available for all people today. We want people to be cured and we want a cure to be found.
One thing that is important to note is the difference between curing and healing. One of my favourite authors, Rachel Held Evans, has this to say about the difference between the two. “But there is a difference between curing and healing, and I believe the church is called to the slow and difficult work of healing. We are called to enter into one another’s pain, anoint it as holy, and stick around no matter the outcome.” This is our calling as the church. Healing is a journey, not an outcome.
Prayer: Healing God, we give you thanks that you sent Jesus to heal the sick, spread the good news, and walk alongside us. Help us to journey with each other on journeys of healing. May we reach out to those who need to hear good news and be offered healing. Remind us that this is our calling, and you have given us the tools to go out and do this. Amen.
Action: Reach out to someone in your life who you know could use some good news. Offer to journey with them on the journey of healing. This journey is not done alone, so it is important to have community.
 Evans, Rachel Held. Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church. Thomas Nelson Inc, 2015.