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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 28, 2015

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.

CLICK HERE for the readings for 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24; Psalm 30; 2 Corinthians 8:7,9,13-15; Mark 5:21-43)

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