The good news today is that Jesus is always healing the sick like he did the lepers, and he is aware that we are all wounded, and we all need healing. Some of us were born wounded, and the rest of us suffered wounds as we grew older. Some wounds can be healed and others are with us…here to stay. Our faith in God is what gives us the courage and strength to live with our wounds. Faith enables us to pray for God’s compassion, “Lord, have pity on us”.
Some of us don’t like what we see in the mirror--we wish we had more hair…others wish we could see, and others wish we could hear. We have come to know that God answers our prayers such as enabling us to see with glasses…and hear with hearing aids. It’s not perfect, or natural, but it’s how God answer’s those prayers. For others, it’s more severe…from not being able to grow hair…to serious disabilities that prevent many to live life to its fullness…suffering seizures, blindness, deafness. The danger is that we become complacent by accepting our wounded-ness and stop asking God for help. But, we can never be resigned to it as our destiny--what God wants for us--because it isn’t! God doesn’t want us to suffer, either physically or mentally. He wants us to keep the faith and never tire of asking for healing. We are here as a wounded community because we have faith…we’ve come to tell our Lord, present in the Blessed Sacrament, “We believe, help our unbelief…we want to trust in you…have pity on us”. We have come to trust that He will answer our prayers…in His way…in due time.
We know we have been healed when we come to believe that through our wounded-ness we demonstrate God’s glory. We may still be sick and disabled but, when God answers our prayers, we’ll know that we have experienced a miracle…because the fear…the uncertainty…will be gone. We’ll come to understand that nothing matters, but God’s love and compassion…and we’ll believe…actually trust, once and for all…that God is taking care of us. As his children…he holds us in his arms…safe and secure. We’ll be convinced that we have nothing to fear…that he really did conquer death for us. And, we’ll come to know and understand that our sickness and disabilities make us courageous and stronger in him and through him. And, that’s not all…we’ll come to see that in our wounded-ness, we are called to help others walk with theirs…we become wounded-healers.
We don’t have time to feel sorry for ourselves, when we see how much good God wants us to do for him. It’s like the son that was very close to his elderly father. In life, the son loved doing things for his father…running errands…helping him get things done. When the father died, the son was sad…but he still had errands to run for his father. He had to administer the father’s Last Will & Testament…the father’s estate had to be taken care off…and the son had a smile on his face, as he did what he always loved doing for his father. Jesus loved doing the will of his Father…and he’s asked us to keep on doing it. He died for us, and asks us to die to ourselves, for others. He bore his cross in order to save us, and we bear our crosses, in order to be able to help others, carry theirs. It’s not a heavy burden, when we consider who we are doing if for. It’s like the the story of the young man that was seen carrying a boy that was crippled—that couldn’t walk,” Isn’t he heavy?”, they asked him.” He responded, “He’s not heavy, he’s my brother”. This brother and sister that needs our help, is God wanting us to do his will. We come to believe, that instead of a burden, it’s a pleasure to serve God by serving others. Think of it…we who are wounded ourselves…are transformed into wounded-healers…that’s a miracle! Those of us who are disabled physically, still have the ability to embrace the crosses of others, and pray for them—offering our crosses—to help them, endure theirs.
When we thank God for everything we experience in life—we are demonstrating faith. When we see the smallest things in our lives as miracles—we know that God is increasing our faith. The place we live…our means of transportation…the clothes we wear and food we eat; even our health…such as it is…is a gift from God. It’s a new way of seeing and hearing…it’s our way of thanking and glorifying God…and if we listen…we can hear him tell us, “Go, your faith has saved you”.