Jesus was visiting his relatives and neighbors, and you would think this would have been an ideal time for him to offer his gift of healing. But there was a serious problem! Many did not believe that Jesus could do anything for them, and so he could help only a few. He was amazed at their lack of faith. This story shows us that there is no healing without faith. There has to be an openness and a desire for the healing power of Jesus.
I think faith includes the trust that God will answer our prayers for healing in the way that is best for us, but that might not eliminate all of our sorrows. Jesus lived a life of love that had both joys and sorrows, and his final suffering gave way to resurrection. Jesus said to us, “Follow me.” If we follow, then his pathway will be ours. May this hope bring us peace.
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