Flu Shot

Home Remedy Better Than the Flu Shot!

Ed, my old neighbor from Saskatchewan, had trouble hearing me when he called yesterday. This last week was a sick week for me. I had a sore throat last Sunday night and instead of it leaving it settled in, and got worse day by day with extreme laryngitis that left me whispering through my teeth. When Ed called he had such trouble hearing me that, I had to put my wife on the phone to translate into a voice Ed could hear. Our talk didn’t get too far through my interrupter. It changed when, Ruby, Ed’s wife, found out Ed was talking to my wife. Ed got displaced on the phone as Ruby needed to tell my wife something. The women had their conversation so that Ed and I lost the phone altogether.

I did talk to Ed long enough to know he was sure that I was sick because I got a flu shot. I tried to tell him I haven’t had my flu shot yet, but with no success. Ed, everyone knows, keeps a bottle of whisky, and it prevents and cures everything known to afflict humanity. Ed does not trust the flu shot given into a person’s arm. “You cannot tell what they are giving you – with whisky you know what you are getting as it has been around for years.” Ed was sure that if I had taken a shot of whisky at the first sign of a sore throat, I would have cured myself right away. Ed is like a closed book on some subjects, and whisky as a no fail health cure is one of them.

Ed has no faith in the flu shots but total trust in whisky. That was the experience of Jesus: some folks had no faith in him at all. They were the other religious leaders such as the Scribes and Pharisees, and there were the folks in his hometown of Nazareth. At his hometown, Jesus taught in the synagogue, and the people were amazed in a disbelieving way. They asked, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? Aren’t all his sisters with us?  Where then did this man get all these things?”

Not only did the people of his hometown take offense at him, but Jesus was also unable to do many miracles there. The people lacked faith in him. In other places, Jesus he was able to do wonderful things, like raise the dead, heal the sick, restore sight to the blind, enable the lame to walk, and allow the deaf to hear. Jesus pointed out that, “Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor.”

It is a sad reality that those we know best like family, friends, neighbors, people that we work with, and even people we go to church with, may be among the last to get our honor. Jesus could not heal folks in his hometown because people there had no faith in him. Perhaps, God could work wonders for us if we had more faith in those in our lives closest to us.

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Raymond Maher
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