He touched her hand

When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. Then a man suffering from leprosy came and knelt down in front of him.

“Lord,” he said, “if you want to, you can heal me.”

“I want to,” Jesus said, reaching out a hand to touch him. “Be well again.”

At that very moment, the leprosy disappeared.

“Now,” said Jesus, “don’t tell anyone what’s happened, but go to a priest and take the offering with you that Moses commanded. Then you can present it to prove that you’ve been healed.”

Later, when Jesus returned to Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help.

“Lord,” he said, “I’ve got a servant at home who’s very ill. In fact, he’s paralyzed and in terrible pain.”

“Would you like me to come and heal him?” asked Jesus.

“No, Lord,” said the centurion, “I don’t deserve to have you visit my house. Just say the word, though, and my servant will be healed. I know about authority because there are officers over me who tell me what to do and I obey them. And there are soldiers under me who follow my orders. I tell this man, ‘Go,’ and he goes. I tell that man, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed.

“Listen to this!” said Jesus, turning to those who were behind him. “I haven’t found faith like this man has in any Israelite! Let me tell you, there’ll many coming from the east and the west to will sit down to eat with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob at the great feast in the kingdom of heaven. But at lot of those Israelites who should have been there will be left out in the darkness, where they’ll weep and gnash their teeth.”

Then Jesus turned back to the centurion.

“You can go home now” he said. “What you hoped for has been done.”

And the servant was healed at that moment.

When Jesus came to Peter’s house, he found Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. Then Jesus touched her hand and the fever left her. She got up and began to prepare a meal for the visitors.

When evening came, many people who were demon-possessed were brought to Jesus. He cast out the evil spirits with a word and healed everyone who was ill. Thus was fulfilled what was said by the prophet Isaiah: “He took away our illnesses and carried our diseases.”

When Jesus saw how the crowd around him was growing, he instructed his disciples to sail across to the other side of the lake.

Then one of the teachers of the law came up to him and said, “Teacher, I want to follow you wherever you go.”

“Foxes have dens,” said Jesus, “and birds have their nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

Another of his disciples said, “Lord, first let me go home and bury my father.”

“No,” said Jesus. “Follow me and leave the dead to bury their dead.”

Then he got into the boat with his disciples and they began sailing across the lake. They were only part way to the other shore when a violent storm struck them and waves began breaking over the boat. But Jesus was asleep. The disciples went to him and woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

“My friends of little faith,” said Jesus, “why are you afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and the waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.

The disciples were amazed.

“What kind of man is this?” they asked each other. “Even the winds and waves obey him!”

When Jesus arrived on the other shore, which was in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men came out of a cemetery to meet him. These men were so violent that no one would go into that area.

“What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?”

A large herd of pigs was feeding in the distance, so the demons begged Jesus, “If you have to cast us out, send us into that herd of pigs.”

“Go!” said Jesus.

The demons came out of the men and went into the pigs. Then the whole herd rushed down the hillside into the lake and were drowned.

The people who were looking after the pigs ran away to the town and told everyone what had happened to the pigs and the demon-possessed men. Then the whole town came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they begged him to go away and leave them alone.

Matthew

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