Week 5 Pentecost.
Healing two possessed
In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Time after time we hear in the Gospel stories of people who were healed from a disease.
In the Gospel it seems so simple and clear: here is the need – and God responds to it. And the question arises before us: why does this not happen to each of us?
Each of us needs physical healing or soul healing, and only a few are healed; why? When we read the Gospel, we lose sight of the fact that Christ did not heal everyone: one person in the crowd turned out to be healed, and many who were also ill with body or soul were not healed.
And this is because in order to take the action of the grace of God for the healing of the body or soul, we must open up to God: not to healing, but to God.
We often would like to, want to exclude a disease from our experience of life, not only because the disease bothers life, not only because the disease goes along with pain, but also or even mainly because it reminds us of our fragility; She as if tells us:
Do not forget! You are mortal, you are mortal; your body is now appealing to you and saying: you have no power to bring me back to health; you can do nothing; I can die out as it were ; I can decay and wither away – and this will be the end of earthly life …
Isn’t this the main reason why we are struggling to recover for all our strength, we want to beg our health?
If we ask God to heal us from such prerequisites, to return us to a state of wholeness, it means that we ask only about oblivion, about forgetting about our mortality, instead of it being a reminder, awakening , that the days pass, that the time is short.
If we want to achieve full growth, to which we are called upon the earth, we must hurry to shake off everything that is deadly in ourselves.
Because illness and death are caused not only by external causes; in us quality and rancor, and bitterness, and hatred, and greed, and so many other things that kill in us the vitality of the spirit and do not allow us to live now, in the present tense, eternal life; that eternal life, which is simply life in the full sense of the word, life in its fullness.
What can we do?
We must ask ourselves attentive questions; and when we come to God, asking us to heal, we must prepare ourselves before for healing. Because to be healed does not mean only to become a whole, to return back to the life we lived before; it means becoming a whole in order to begin a new life, as if we realized that we had died in the healing action of God.
All that was in us is the old man, the body of corruption, of which Paul speaks of the apostle, that old man must leave, for a new person to live, and that we must be ready to become this new person through the death of the past in order to start living anew: like Lazarus, who was called out of the coffin, not just back to his former life, but to survive that cannot be described by any human words, enter life again, on new grounds.
Are we able to accept healing?
Are we ready, do we agree to accept the responsibility of a new wholeness in order to enter again, and again in the world in which we live, with the news of novelty, to be light, to be salt, to be joy, to be hope, to be love, be devotion to both God and people?
Let us think about it, because we are all sick, one way or another, we are all fragile, we are all weak, we are all unable to live the fullness of even the life that is granted to us on earth!
Consider this, and begin to become able to open up to God so that He can work His miracle of healing, make us new, but so that we carry our newness, truly God’s newness, into the world in which we live.
July 23, 1989
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