Matthew 9:18-26


Jesus The Healer


18-19 As he finished saying this, a local official appeared, bowed politely, and said, “My daughter has just now died. If you come and touch her, she will live.” Jesus got up and went with him, his disciples following along.

20-22 Just then a woman who had hemorrhaged for twelve years slipped in from behind and lightly touched his robe. She was thinking to herself, “If I can just put a finger on his robe, I’ll get well.” Jesus turned—caught her at it. Then he reassured her: “Courage, daughter. You took a risk of faith, and now you’re well.” The woman was well from then on.

23-26 By now they had arrived at the house of the town official, and pushed their way through the gossips looking for a story and the neighbors bringing in casseroles. Jesus was abrupt: “Clear out! This girl isn’t dead. She’s sleeping.” They told him he didn’t know what he was talking about. But when Jesus had gotten rid of the crowd, he went in, took the girl’s hand, and pulled her to her feet—alive. The news was soon out, and traveled throughout the region.

Lectio Divina 

Read – – read the passage.

Think pray – – pick the episode that is more striking to you – either the healing of the hemorrhaging woman or the raising of the official's daughter. (If you choose the first story read Leviticus 15:25-30 now to better understand her situation.)
     Read the passage again, carefully. Immerse yourself in the story as though you are a character in it – – an observer or one named in the passage. Use every sense to enter the scene; take part in each moment. Where are you in relation to others? To Jesus? What is it like for you to be there?
     How are you feeling?
     After you exit the scene, talk with Jesus about what you saw and experienced.

Live – – think about your experience in the scene, as well as your discussion with Jesus, and jot down anything you want to remember.
     Put your pen aside and say quietly for a few min. Listen to the sound of your own breathing and silence.
     End by saying the Lord's prayer aloud: "our father in heaven, reveal who you are. Set the world right; do what's best – – as above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the devil. You're in charge! You can do anything you want! You are blazing beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes."

Our Lectio Divina posting is take from  The Message: Solo - An Uncommon Devotional by Eugene Peterson