The four Gospels are replete with stories of Jesus’ healing
miracles. In Mark, the Gospel we hear proclaimed
throughout this church year, Jesus heals and then usually
asks that the person tell no one! No Facebook or Twitter for the Son of God! Biblical scholars call this the “Messianic Secret.” But how many people can keep a secret? The word gets out and the multitudes eventually gather, until Jesus has to exert great effort just to have some privacy.
On Sunday, February 8, we heard this Gospel passage. Mark has just described the powerful healing ministry of Jesus, when he tell us this;
” Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, ‘Everyone is looking for you.'” -Mark 1: 35-37
Sometimes we can’t find time to pray?
Jesus doesn’t perform miracles to gain attention or fame. He does it out of great love and compassion. He does it because He is the perfect Incarnation of the God who loves all his children. Jesus simply does what He “sees the Father doing” and like the Father, “the Son grants life to those whom He wishes.” -John 5:19,21
How does Jesus heal you and me today? Some of us need
physical healing and we ask for a miracle or for freedom
from pain or discomfort. Many of us need emotional or psychological healing. All of us, like Hamlet, are wounded by the “slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune.” Thanks be to God we have a Savior who can, and does indeed heal these inner hurts, if we allow Him.
I just finished an overnight retreat with my spiritual director,
Father Peter Chepaitis OFM of Bethany Ministries. What an outpouring of grace! Over the course of my life, I’ve often felt the Redeemer’s healing touch, but never as during this private retreat. There’s no way to do justice in such a short space to all that took place within me. So I’ll simply bear witness; we do have a God who is intimately involved in our lives. The Creator knows where all our “wounds” are, however hidden they may be in the recesses of our hearts and minds. In uncanny ways and through Divine Wisdom, the Holy Spirit surfaces them and brings them into the Healing Light of Christ’s amazing love.
All we have to do is ask …and ask in earnest with the faith that’s been given to us.
If you have experienced the healing love of Jesus in your life, why
not take a moment to post a comment? You never know whose life you may touch. Even better, why not share your story personally with someone who needs to hear it soon?
Or you may need a prayer. Maeve and I will certainly pray for you, if you ask. We know who the Healer is and it is He who will see to your need …and that’s no secret!!!
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits; he pardons all your iniquities and heals all your ills…. he crowns you with kindness and compassion.” – Psalm 103:2-4
(Our next post will be Maeve’s photo report of her participation in the March for Life, which was held in Washington, DC on Jan. 22)