15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill. 16 He warned them not to tell others about him. 17 This was to fulfil what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
18 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
the one I love, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
19 He will not quarrel or cry out;
no one will hear his voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out…
I remember when Charlotte was born. We carefully put her into her car chair, delicately placed it on the back seat and secured it. Kate sat next to her and I drove the car back home. The speed limit may have been 30mph, but I must have crawled along the road at about 5, so concerned that I didn’t break her – forgetting of course that for the last nine months we’d been charging along (at the speed limit of course) without a thought for her! But this is how Jesus treats us, not as babies, but taking every care not to harm or hurt us.
Father we all have our frailties and weak points, often hidden from other. Help us to treat each other with gentleness as Christ treats us.