HEALING OUR HUMANITY
In our Gospel today, we hear of two instances of Jesus healing where doctors could not.
The healing Jesus offered was too fold: first he cured the physical ailments; but second, (and most importantly), he always reconnected them back to the community. For Jesus, healing was the restoration of meaning in people’s lives.
I think many of us have the same need: it is not so much the physical condition that causes us pain, it is the consequence of that condition – that we can no longer do the things we used to do – we can no longer connect with a community the way we used to. Illness causes us to look for new definitions of meaning – and this usually means defining ourselves by who we are more than what we can or cannot do.
It means that our belonging to a community is not based on our contribution, but on our dignity as a human. Thus, our contributions are not what we do to earn our place in the kingdom of God; rather, they are how we show our gratitude.
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