Consider Jesus' response to the slave [who lost his ear]: He, a man who is part of the crowd and no doubt has no affection for Jesus let alone allegiance to him, is the recipient of Jesus' last earthly miracle. So here too is Jesus ever the healer: the slave's beliefs have no bearing on whether or not he has the right to be whole.

Anticipating that his own blood will soon be shed both by and for this crowd, Jesus offers them this one gesture of unexpected kindness. . . . He demonstrated that God's love is not confined to those who claim him to be their Christ, but is universal. It knows no bounds of sectarianism or faith, no creed or doctrine, no nation of origin, no sexual orientation. It can be claimed by no one as his or her own exclusive purview.

Erik Kolbell, Were You There?