Lectionary texts for Epiphany lift up healing

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​Many thanks to Mary Simonson Clark, ELCA Malaria Campaign Coordinator in the Minneapolis Area Synod, for providing the following insights on the lectionary texts for February 5 and 12.  She points out the healing imagery in the following texts:


February 5:

  • Isaiah 40:21-31—“but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength” (v. 31)
  • Psalm 147:1-11, 20c—“He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.” (v. 3)
  • Mark 1:29-39—Jesus heals many at Simon’s house, including Simon’s mother-in-law. (Scholars and ELCA Malaria Campaign staff have postulated that Simon’s mother-in-law may have been suffering from malaria!)

February 12:

  • 2 Kings 5:1-14—The healing of Naaman
  • Psalm 30—Thanksgiving for recovery from grave illness
  • Mark 1:40-45—Jesus cleanses a leper

What a wonderful opportunity we have to lift up the ELCA Malaria Campaign–  and the programming work of our companion churches in Africa– in the midst of these meditations on God’s healing power!