The Acts of the Apostles recounts both the persecution and joy that the early Church experienced, showcasing how St. Philip carried on the mission of Jesus through his actions. As we face our challenges today, may we allow the grace of the Lord to give us the strength and wisdom we need.
The active ministry of Jesus is marked by preaching the Gospel, healing the sick and driving out demons. As we call upon the Lord we can continue this ministry in our lives as with proclaim the Good News, offer comfort to the afflicted and stand up against evil.
As the crowds gather around Jesus we see two central elements of his earthly ministry: healing the sick and driving out demons. The Lord’s work reveals what the demons already know; he is the Christ, the Son of God who has the power to save and set us free.
The faith expressed by the woman in the Gospel today was simple and direct…and because of this her child was healed. May her example inspire us to take the gift of faith we have been given and engage our lives with the power and insight of Jesus Christ.
The Gospel of Mark reveals the power of the healing ministry of Jesus. From the beginning the Church has continued this work; may our lives today be open to this ministry as we seek to be instruments of the Lord’s healing touch.
As Jesus looked with pity on the people in their need, he not only served them but he empowered and directed his disciples to do the same. As we look to the Lord for guidance and strength we also remember the command to love and serve those entrusted to our care.