When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
Matthew 14: 34 – 36
Everyone gets a reputation. It comes from what you do during your life and how you spend your time. Today in America, people who haven’t already voted, will be going to the polls to vote for the next President of the United States. People will vote for the person whose reputation and whose work they like and agree with more. Each candidate has their own reputation, and have different people who side with them and seek them out depending on what they are known for, and what they promise to do.
Jesus was known for healing people, and caring for people. People saw him and immediately associated him with all the good works which he had done. People who knew what he was capable of sought him out in order to be healed or to have someone healed. The people who saw Jesus knew what his reputation was, and wanted people to be able to have access to his good works.
These people believed in Jesus and believed in what he could do for them and for those they knew. It didn’t take Jesus actually taking them in order for them to be healed. They believed in him, and just had to touch the edge of his cloak in order to be healed. Their faith in Jesus was such that touching the part of his cloak which was dragging on the ground healed them.
Prayer: Healing God, we give you thanks that you sent us your son who taught us how to have a strong faith. We give you thanks that your Son came and healed so many people who believed in him. May we, especially in these difficult and trying times, continue to practice this strong faith. May we believe in the healing work of Jesus and may we share this with other people.
Action: What are you known for in this world? Take time to reflect on the impact you are having on the people around you and your different communities.