Jesus is always on the move. Last week we saw him cast a demon out of a man in the synagogue. Then he is at the home of his friend Simon, first healing Simon’s mother-in-law very privately, then healing everyone who came to him. And then he is gone, preaching and healing throughout the region of Galilee.
Thousands of years, and we still can’t pin him down. We can’t be sure whether, when, where he might show up. But we do know this. He leaves witnesses everywhere to the lives that have been changed, to the spirits that have been lifted up in his name. And we know that he expects us to carry on his works.
We may not have his miraculous power to heal at a touch, or with a word. But in his name we have explored and developed our own powers to understand, heal and help others. The most important thing he has given us is his spirit to care to do what we can, where we are, with what we have, for those who need our help to get up and do the work they are able to do.