Healing

No Act Too Small – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

No Act Too Small – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

To choose to demonstrate the power of God’s kingdom in the life of a woman who, up to that point would have either been ignored or treated with revulsion, and …considered among the lowest in society may have seemed counter-intuitive; and yet it is in this that the true nature of God’s kingdom is made known—for it seeks not coercion, power or privilege, but is made present “even in such seemingly inconsequential acts as the restoration of an ill woman who lived on the margins of society” (Green).

Such small acts, we are promised, do not remain in isolation but have the power leaven the whole of life with the healing, restoration and salvation that are the hallmarks of the kingdom of God.

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A Tale of Two Healings – Meditation of the Studies in Luke

A Tale of Two Healings – Meditation of the Studies in Luke

This is not just how Jesus is in this instance; it is how he is in all situations. He not only knows where we need physical healing, but also every emotional, psychological and spiritual wound and area of vulnerability we have experienced as a result of those situations, and he desires to bring healing to all of it. Sometimes the means by which he does so may seem to scrape at the wounds that run deepest, as with the bleeding woman who was called to make her situation known among the very people who would have rejected her; but the intention is never for our harm, rather for a more profound healing than we could ever imagine or hope for

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Put Out Into the Deep! – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

Put Out Into the Deep! – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

This is what he wants for all of his disciples, to draw us into complete reliance on and trust in him. He wants for us to put out into the deep, to leave everything behind and surrender our whole lives to him—our hopes, our dreams, our wounds and weariness, all of it—in order that give all of himself to us. And in order to do that, he very often has to poke and prod at precisely those areas where we are most wounded, most weary. But he does not do so out of callousness; he does so out of love, so that he might pour his unfailing love into those areas of our lives and we might experience his abundant life.

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A Ministry of Healing and Redemption – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

A Ministry of Healing and Redemption – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

…the same ministry of healing, liberation and redemption to which Our Lord was called as Messiah and Son of God, is the same ministry to which we all are called as sons and daughters of God, a ministry that cares deeply and works endlessly not just for the spiritual well-being of the world around us, but also for its physical and emotional, because this is the heart of God and, as Joel Green reminds us progeny are meant to exhibit the qualities of their parents.

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Instruments of the Kingdom – Studies in Luke 1:5-25

Instruments of the Kingdom – Studies in Luke 1:5-25

However, we must not imagine that, in being used so powerfully by the Lord, these men and women were merely His instruments, as if their own lives, their own stories and wounds did not matter in the light of the larger purposes of God’s Kingdom. Their lives mattered every bit as much as those whom Jesus was later to heal and deliver in his earthly ministry. They mattered because they, too, were to be the beneficiaries of that ministry; and because it is in healing and deliverance that the fruits of His Kingdom are made known.

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True Repentance – Gospel in Preparation for the Second Sunday in Advent

True Repentance – Gospel in Preparation for the Second Sunday in Advent

This is what we are called to turn and return to, not just once, but over and over again—whether we’ve completely fallen off the wagon (or never even gotten on it), or “simply” find ourselves struggling to trust in the goodness and character of God in the face of life’s struggles. True repentance and conversion don’t just happen once. They are a life-long process of constantly directing and re-directing ourselves towards God, who loves us more than we can fathom and who longs to fill every valley, make straight the crooked and smooth the rough. It is only as we turn away from the things that hurt us or harm us and turn toward Him and His love in trust and surrender that this healing, this salvation (the two words are often used interchangeably in the Gospels) can actually begin to take place.

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Throwing off Our Mantle – Gospel in Preparation for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Throwing off Our Mantle – Gospel in Preparation for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

This is why I find Bartimaeus’ actions so captivating and such rich fodder for meditation. In so many ways his mantle was far more than simply a garment that protected him from the elements; it was the physical representation of all the ways he had had to harden himself to the blows—both physical and emotional—of life as a blind man. To cast that off would be to make himself vulnerable in the very places where he had incurred some of his deepest wounds. But the thing about a barriers is they work both ways. And his proverbial mantle—all of the ways in which he had shielded himself emotionally against life as a blind man—not only kept out the bad things in life, but also some of the good things as well.

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Divine Intimacy- Gospel in Preparation for the Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Divine Intimacy- Gospel in Preparation for the Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

What we have is not just a parable or story about a healing, but the recreation of a scene that had left a profound impression on its few witnesses not only for its results, but also for its details. This is a real story about a real encounter between a real individual and Jesus, and in this case it is not the Devil, but God himself—the God who knows and cares about individual lives and stories, individual needs and desires—who is to be found in the details.

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The Path to Healing – First Reading in Preparation for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Path to Healing – First Reading in Preparation for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

…as with Israel, many things in our past—perhaps even some in our present situation—challenge our ability to trust God and have hope for our future, particularly when that future is fraught with uncertainty. The point is not to pretend those things aren’t real and just believe. It is rather to allow God into those places through prayer, acknowledging them as real wounds, fears, desires and needs in order that they may be healed and met. For he is the God whose delight is not in the strength of the horse, or in the legs of man, but in those who hope in his steadfast love (Ps 147: 10-11).

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A Life of Repentance – Gospel in Preparation for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“…repentance isn’t just about the first time that we turn away from a life ruled by sin and towards a life ruled by Christ; it is about every time that we do so. The Greek word for repentance literally means to change one’s mind (metanoia, meta- to change; nous-mind), to turn away not just from sinful actions themselves, but from all the disordered motives, desires and passions that drive them in order that we might turn towards the mercy, healing and New Life that are offered in Christ….Thus it is that, one by one, the power of every unclean spirit is destroyed and the shackles of our bondage to decay are shattered, and we are freed to surrender ourselves to ‘the Love that wants us to be fully alive.'”

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