I was reminded today (Dec 4th) why we should read the Gospels many times in our lives – so that their message can strike us fresh and unexpectedly each time.
Today, Jesus gathers the apostles to him and gives them the ability to heal the sick then sends them out into the world to do just that; to travel through the land healing people in his name wherever they went.
It has never struck me quite so forcibly what a huge gift and commission that was. How amazing, how wonderful that must have been for the apostles – how could you not want to find and heal as many sick people as you could, if you had that power? – you’d never want to stop!
Yet this life-changing event is passed over in just a few short sentences. So easy for its impact to pass us by!