Companion in Illness
Wisdom of Scripture:
Praying with Jesus, the Healer
Jesus, the Healer
The Cure of the Leper

When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him.

And behold, a man with leprosy approached, paid homage to him, and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean."

He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, "I am willing. Be made clean." At once he was cleansed of his leprosy.

Jesus then said to him, "See that you say nothing to anyone, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded as a testimony to them."
Matthew 8:1- 4

Prayer To Do God's Will

Lord Jesus,
I come with the leper's boldness
repeating his prayer:
"If you wish, you can make me clean."

Banished from home, family and friends,
he shouldered his way through the crowd
shrinking before him,
afraid and revulsed by his condition.
Yet you welcomed him, O Lord.

I pray his simple prayer,
and I remember too that prayer you spoke
in your aloneness in Gethsemani.

"Father, if you will,
let this cup pass from me."
Help me find peace and strength
in your holy will, O God.
Amen.

The Healing Power of Christ

When Jesus entered the house of Peter, he saw Peter's mother-in-law lying in bed, sick with a fever.

He touched her hand, and the fever left her. Then she rose and began to wait on him.

When evening came, many who were possessed with demons were brought to him. Jesus drove out the spirits by a word and cured all the sick.

This took place in fulfillment of what had been spoke by Isaiah the prophet:

"He took up our infirmities and bore our ills."
Matthew 8:14- 17
Prayer for Christ's Healing

Lord,
like Peter's mother-in-law
I can no longer do
the things I love to do.

Illness takes so much away.
Give me strength to live and work again;
to use my talents for others
enriching lives around me.

You know our weakness
and the sufferings we endure.
If it is your will,
make me well.

Strengthen me in mind and heart;
take me by the hand
and raise me up.
Amen.

Jesus Heals
the Man Born Blind

As Jesus was passing by, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"

Jesus replied, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned. This took place so that the works of God might be made manifest through him.

"We must to the work of the one who sent me while it is day. It will soon be night, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

After saying this, Jesus spat on the ground and made some mud with the saliva. He put it on the man's eyes and said to him, "Go and wash it in the Pool of Siloam" (this word means Sent).

So he went and washed, and he came back able to see.
John 9:1- 7

Prayer for Health

O God,
I am in your hands.
You know me from my mother's womb.
O Wise Creator,
soothe my pain;
heal my body and soul.

O Good Jesus,
you went about doing good
and healing many.
Once your hands raised the dead to life.
Restore my health to me.

Once your hands gave sight to the blind.
Take me from the darkness of my fears.

Once your hands made the paralyzed walk.
Let me walk again with my family and friends.

Once your hands were nailed to the cross.
Strengthen me in sickness and pain.

O Holy Spirit,
Giver of life,
Helper and Friend,
Source of all good gifts,
bring peace and comfort to me.
Amen.




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