Best Day Ever: Matthew 9:20-22
By Alyssa Atencio
Sarah sat huddled in the corner of her small, dimly lit home, her hands tightly gripping her worn out shawl. Her eyes were closed as she silently prayed for a miracle. She had been suffering from chronic pain for years and had been told by many doctors that there was no cure. She had spent all her savings on doctors and treatments, but none of them had been able to heal her. She had given up hope, until she heard of a man named Jesus who had been healing the sick and performing miracles.
When she had heard that Jesus was in town, she knew she had to see him. Determined to meet him, Sarah made her way through the crowded streets of Capernaum, where Jesus was said to be preaching. As she pushed through the throngs of people, her condition worsened and the people began to mock her saying things like: “she is unclean and should not be here”; “she is wasting her time and money”; but Sarah had faith and was determined to keep going.
With her last bit of strength, she made her way to the crowd that had gathered around him. Her heart was pounding as she pushed her way through the crowd, determined to reach him. Finally, she made it to the front of the crowd, and there he was – Jesus. He was standing in front of her, looking at her with kind, compassionate eyes. Sarah was too overwhelmed to speak, but her eyes must have told him everything. “Daughter,” Jesus said, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering”. Sarah felt something warm and comforting spread through her body, and suddenly the pain was gone. She could feel strength returning to her limbs, and she knew she was healed. Tears filled her eyes as she looked up at Jesus and said, “Thank you, Jesus! You are my savior, my miracle worker, my true friend. I will tell everyone I know about your power and your love.” Overcome with gratitude, Sarah stood up and praised God. She was amazed that she felt no more pain or discomfort, and that she had been healed by this man who was not only a healer but a compassionate one. The crowd around her began to cheer and clap, but Sarah could only focus on the man in front of her who had just changed her life forever. She knew she would never forget this moment, and she would always be grateful for the healing she had received.
Sarah was not the only person changed from Jesus’ arrival. Sarah’s heart was right with God, and while she had a physical healing, the town had a spiritual one. Despite chastising her when she was ill, the villagers realized that Jesus loves everyone despite their illness and struggles. They had learned that God sees beyond our physical limitations and looks at our hearts. He offers healing and comfort to those who are suffering and offers hope for a better future. He reminds us that we are never alone in our struggles and that He is always with us, guiding and supporting us. Jesus’ love is unconditional and boundless, and He welcomes all who seek Him with open arms. The villagers were overjoyed when they saw Sarah walking around the town, free from her suffering. They thanked Jesus for his healing power and welcomed him into their community. From that day on, Sarah lived a normal life and enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, and the town was forever changed by Jesus’ arrival.
With a newfound sense of hope and joy, Sarah turned and made her way back home, ready to start a new chapter in her life. She knew that Jesus had given her a new beginning, and she would always be grateful for his love and compassion. From that day on, Sarah never stopped spreading the word about Jesus and his healing powers. Despite a lifetime of feeling unworthy, and inferior, Jesus’ power and love reminded her that she is worthy, and she felt strongly compelled to share that love with whoever would listen. She became an active member of his community, and her testimony inspired many others to seek out Jesus for healing and salvation.