Reflection for the 5th Sunday of Year
The Healing Power of Jesus
The Gospels overflow with stories of Jesus’ healing miracles. Some are detailed, some are in passing. One gets the impression that Jesus became a walking hospital, curing all physical ailments for everyone who came to Him. But what we often forget is that not every healing of Jesus was of the body; some people were sick in spirit. Their healing was of a restless heart, to use St. Augustine’s image, a heart of stone, or at least of uncleanliness. Distant from God, these souls realized that only in God could they find rest, and that only by approaching the Divine Physician would they be healed. Jesus came to heal all, the physically sick and the spiritually sicker.
All of Jesus’ miracles are signs of something greater, as all signs are. In particular the miracles of healing point towards Christ’s mercy. As fantastic as Christ’s healing miracles are, they are nowhere near as fantastic as Christ’s mercy towards us and his willingness to forgive us our sins. If He can heal a paralyzed man, a dying pagan, and a man suffering from leprosy, then He can assuredly forgive our sins.
So we turn to Christ, healer of our souls. Christ heals our broken bodies, but He also heals our broken spirits, our broken hearts. How else could Isaiah say of Christ, “by his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5)? No sin is too great for Christ. If Christ can raise people from the dead, the ultimate act of physical healing, how much more can he heal our soul? No sin is too great, no rejection too permanent.
Go to the Divine Physician. Go to Him. He will give you what you need, as much as you ask. Go to Him in your brokenness and weariness. Go to Him, when you find yourself lost and in pain, when you find yourself exhausted by what plagues you. Do not force crosses upon yourself. Do not shun his glorious offer. Lay yourself at His feet. Remember, He did say:
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy and my burden light
It truly is Good News.
Taken from an extract By Mathew B. Rose