14 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. 16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”
This chapter in Matthew is filled with Jesus healing many different people. It is evident that Jesus responds to each of these people and their individual needs with love and care. In the case of Peters’ mother-in-law, Jesus saw her and acknowledged her need. To Jesus, it did not matter that her illness may not have been as serious as those suffering from leprosy, nor did he approach her healing with indifference. Jesus saw her, acknowledged her need, then healed her with the touch of his hand.
This passage encourages me to remember that Jesus cares for both the small and big things happening in my world. It also challenges me to follow Jesus’ example when caring for people, to make sure I stop and see them and their individual needs.
Thank you God, that you never tire of loving me and caring for me. Thank you that you know what I need healing from, and that you have the power and authority to bring healing. Please help me to care for those around me just like you care for me. Amen.
Written by Ps. Andie Molteno