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People flocked to Jesus wherever he and the apostles went. Not only did the people want to hear Jesus preach, but many also hoped to be healed by him.
One time, Jesus cured a man of his leprosy. He healed a centurion’s servant while visiting Capernaum. He forgave a paralyzed man’s sins, and the man could walk again. He even helped Peter’s mother-in-law, who was sick with a fever.
As Jesus’ reputation for healing grew, so did the number of people who came to see him. Jesus helped them by driving out demons and curing all types of diseases. He also taught them how to pray, and he told them to love their enemies and not judge others.
One day, some of John the Baptist’s followers asked Jesus questions about fasting. As Jesus was talking to them, an official came and knelt before Jesus.
“My daughter has just died,” the official told Jesus. “But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.”
Jesus and his apostles started to follow the man to his house.
Just then, a woman who had been suffering hemorrhages for 12 years approached Jesus as he was walking away.
“If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured,” she said to herself.
She reached out her hand, and her fingers lightly brushed the tassel of Jesus’ cloak.
Jesus turned around.
“Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you,” he told her.
From that moment on, the woman was cured.
Afterward, Jesus and his friends continued their journey to the official’s home.
When they arrived, they saw flute players and a crowd of people making a commotion. Everyone was upset because the official’s daughter had died.
Jesus spoke to the people.
“Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping,” he said.
The people started to make fun of him.
Jesus ignored them, and the crowd was put out of the house.
Jesus then approached the little girl. He took her by the hand, and she arose.
The news of what Jesus did then spread all throughout the land.
After Jesus healed the official’s daughter and the woman with the hemorrhages, he went on to heal many others.
For example, we read in Matthew 9:27-31 that after Jesus and his apostles left the official’s house, two blind men began to follow them.
“Son of David, have pity on us!” they cried.
Jesus entered the house, and the blind men approached him.
“Do you believe that I can do this?” Jesus asked them.
“Yes, Lord,” they replied.
“Let it be done for you according to your faith,” Jesus said as he touched the men’s eyes.
The men were so excited to be able to see that they ignored Jesus’ warning not to tell anyone of what had happened.
As Jesus and his friends were leaving, a person who was possessed by an unclean spirit was brought to Jesus. The person could not speak, but after Jesus drove out the spirit, the person regained the ability to talk.
Jesus’ compassion for people became well-known. As he and the apostles traveled to different towns and villages, Jesus would proclaim the Gospel of the kingdom and cure people of every disease and illness.
St. Kateri Tekakwitha was born in 1656 in a Mohawk village near what is now Auriesville, New York. When she was a little girl, she was disfigured and partially blinded during a smallpox epidemic that killed her family.
She was baptized by a French missionary who had visited her village. When her Catholic faith caused problems for her in her village, she moved to a Native American community near Montreal. She was known for her kindness, and she was very well-liked by the Native Americans and the French in Montreal.
Kateri died in 1680, and in 2012 she was canonized, becoming the first Native American saint. We remember her on July 14.
Kids, enter our essay contest for a chance to win a $25 gift card!
The essay question for July 2018 is: Why is it important to have faith in Jesus?
Send your essay — including name, home address, telephone number, school and grade — to Catholic Courier, PO Box 24379, Rochester, NY 14624.
All entries of 100 words or less must be received by the Catholic Courier no later than 4:30 p.m. on July 18, 2018, to be considered for this contest. The winner, whose essay will be published in an upcoming print and online edition of Kids’ Chronicle, will be notified by phone.
1. Essay content must be original and written by the entrant.
2. Essays cannot exceed 100 words in length.
3. Entrants must be no more than 14 years of age as of the last day of this contest.
4. Only one essay per entrant will be accepted during any given contest period.
5. Winners will be selected at the sole discretion of the Catholic Courier, and all decisions are final.
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7. Submitted essays that do not adhere to these rules, entries that do not include all required information or entries that are deemed inappropriate by the Catholic Courier will be disqualified.
8. At the discretion of the Catholic Courier, this contest may be modified or cancelled without notice at any time.
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Some of the important lessons Jesus taught are contained in his Sermon on the Mount in the Book of Matthew. The sermon features the Eight Beatitudes, five of which are listed below. Using Matthew 5:3-12 for hints, choose the correct word to complete each sentence.
the clean of heart
they who mourn
1. Blessed are ______.
2. Blessed are ______.
3. Blessed are ______.
4. Blessed are ______.
5. Blessed are ______.
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