Luke 6:17-19 And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came forth from him and healed them all.

Throughout the Epiphany season, we have seen how God manifested himself among us in the incarnation of Jesus Christ our Savior. Most people saw and were drawn to the healing power. Why? Because either they saw their own need for healing, or they knew someone who needed to be brought for healing, or perhaps just because it was something that was worth seeing.

How did this happen? Those who were healed and those who saw the signs, couldn’t keep quiet, but they kept on telling all the things which they had seen and heard. The people kept telling the good news, and from age to age – this is how the church has continued to grow.

In every age there has always been more than enough blessings for all the people, and it has always been that at least in our eyes, there has been an imbalance, there were always some who had more than others. And this is why we teach stewardship – we keep on reminding everyone, that what we have, is not ours, it is a gift from God – and we only manage it for a time.

It is for this reason, that Jesus addresses his disciples and the crowd, with both blessings and woes. Woes for the ones who had forgotten they were only stewards, and that they were to use His gifts to glorify God. Blessings for those who were in need – the promise that everything needed would be provided.

Its not hard to imagine how they might have been caught up in the excitement – but how can we find that same joy, that same spirit, that same enthusiasm? Through word and sacrament!

We may still encounter Jesus, experience his love and mercy.

Baptism – we are washed and made a new creation

Communion – are sins are forgiven

Scripture – the living word that still speaks to us today

The Spirit works through the means of grace to call, gather, enlighten, and sanctify us. So it is that we too discover we have good news to tell to the world.