Daily Bread January 31

Recognize the Holy One
Tammy Lindle Lewis of Renton, WA, USA

They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching-with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee. -Mark 1:27-28

Occasionally I wonder, if I could choose to have a superpower, which one would I pick? In movies it seems the power always chooses the person. It’s usually an unsuspecting person. The transfer of power happens through an accident or some unseen cosmic force. If you could choose your power, what would you choose?

In Mark 1, we read about Jesus in an almost-dizzying series of events starting with his baptism. This immediately is followed by his 40 days of temptation in the wilderness and then his calling of the disciples and beginning his ministry of preaching, teaching, and healing. In his ministry, Jesus heals…not just one person, but many people. In Mark 1 he removes a woman’s fever, heals those sick with various diseases, cleanses a man suffering from leprosy. He even casts out demons and commands them to be silent.

Mark’s Gospel records Jesus performing 18 miracles, including 13 healings. Of those 13, four are exorcisms. We see that Jesus’ words and actions are powerful. He causes things to happen with just a word or a touch. His words alone bring healing; they show his authority over sickness, disease, and unseen demons. How’s that for a superpower!

What would it be like to have this kind of power, where a word, phrase, or touch causes powerful changes in people’s lives? Our days are filled with words-many that hurt, demean, misguide, distract, and abuse. What if the words we speak could cleanse, cure, or cast out? What would we do with these powers? Where would we go? Whom would we visit? What words of healing might you speak? What words of healing have you heard spoken to you?

All of us who have been changed by Jesus’ words or actions-many times through the words or actions of his disciples-also have the power to share those words and acts. We are called not just to recognize the Holy One, but to take practical steps in healing our world. God’s Spirit within us serves as a connection to the superpower from which all healing comes.

Prayer Phrase

“Light dawns on a weary world.” CCS 240

Spiritual Practice

The Light of God

Epiphany invites us to focus on the light of God. Close your eyes and draw your attention to your breath. As you breathe gently in and out, reflect on the statement, “The light of God is in all things.” The light has a bright, soft beauty and radiates God’s healing love. The light of God reaches you and permeates you with a deep sense of peace. Rest in the light as it surrounds and fills you. Thank God that you live in God’s light and it lives in you.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

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