Texts: Matthew 8:18-22, Luke 9:57-62, Mark 4:35-41, Mark 5, Matthew 9:27-34, Mark 6:1-6
Highlights: Today’s reading contains 5 more wonderful miracles: 2 cases of demon possession, 2 blind men healed at the same time, a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years, and a girl raised from the dead. The reading begins with Jesus challenging His would be followers to truly dedicate themselves God, and closes with another example of His being rejected in “His own country”.
Two days ago we read about a “ruler of the synagogue” that condemned Jesus for performing a miracle. Today we read about a “ruler of the synagogue” begging Jesus for help. We don’t know the hearts of these two men but what circumstances might have caused the man in today’s reading to be more open to Jesus? What does this teach us about our own need for God?