Stretch Out Your Hand


Has anyone ever asked you to do something that you knew to be absolutely impossible? Probably not.  Yet, isn’t that exactly what Jesus does in today’s gospel?  After all, he asked the man who has a withered hand to stretch it out.  A withered hand is one that cannot be stretched out because it is curled inward and cannot grasp.  Despite that, the man had enough faith to attempt it, resulting in a miraculous healing.

Jesus entered the synagogue.
There was a man there who had a withered hand.
They watched Jesus closely
to see if he would cure him on the sabbath
so that they might accuse him.
He said to the man with the withered hand,
“Come up here before us.”
Then he said to the Pharisees,
“Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil,
to save life rather than to destroy it?”
But they remained silent.
Looking around at them with anger
and grieved at their hardness of heart,
Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.”
He stretched it out and his hand was restored.
The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel
with the Herodians against him to put him to death.

Why do we so often put limitations on what God can do in our lives?  Do we not have enough faith to ask him for what we need, even if what we need seems impossible?

Nothing is impossible for God.  Trust in him.

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