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Many Were Cured . . .

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He cured many who were sick with various diseases.” ~ Mark 1:34

After curing Simon’s mother-in-law if her affliction in today’s Gospel (Mark 1:29-39), we are told that Jesus would spend the latter part of that same evening curing many who were ill with various maladies and diseases. Over the next four weeks, this is the Jesus whom we will encounter in the Gospels; a dynamic Messiah committed to teaching and healing. He will cure many of their physical illnesses...but not all - otherwise the passage would have read “he cured all who were sick with various diseases.”

We know that physical healing is a mystery, one which has perplexed, astounded and confounded many over the years. Why does God choose to miraculously heal some of their seemingly terminal ailments while others go on to die at the hands of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and the like? Suffice to say, as mere human beings, we simply don’t see or know everything. God’s divine plan has not yet been fully revealed to us. We glimpse but a microscopic sliver, a spec if you will, of the larger eternal portrait that our Father has so masterfully and lovingly painted for each and every one of us. Although death will ultimately catch up to each one of us, it is not the final destination.

So although physical healing isn’t part of God’s plan for all, we do know that spiritual healing is possible for each and every one of God’s Children. Spiritual healing is what he desires for each of us. if only we would seek it. Jesus knows what each of us are going through, physically, mentally and emotionally. He chose of his own volition to become fully man so that he could experience the gamut of human emotions.

He experienced betrayal and injustice.

He experienced the unimaginable brutality of the cross.

He died.

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Today’s 1st Reading (Hebrews 2:1418) plumbs the depths to which Jesus went in order to unite himself to us in his ardent desire to heal us spiritually. Saint Paul writes “Since the children share in blood and flesh, Jesus likewise shared in them, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the Devil, and free those who through fear of death had been subject to slavery all their life.”

Freedom from the slavery of sin and death in the form of eternal life; this is the type of spiritual healing that is indeed available to all who place their trust in him. Feeling weighed down by temptation? All the more reason to turn to Jesus, for as Saint Paul concludes in today’s passage “Because he himself was tested through what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.”

A sincere yearning for physical healing is of course part of our human nature, our survival instinct even. But it’s important to remember that even Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead, would inevitably go on to die again. Spiritual healing on the other hand is eternal, which is why it is to be pursued and treasured far more than all the otherwise fleeting gifts of an otherwise fleeting world.

Lord Jesus, you came to heal our wounded and troubled hearts. Heal the torments that cause anxiety in our hearts. Heal, O Lord, all those wounds that have been the cause of all the evil that is rooted in our lives. Grant us to regain peace and joy in the knowledge that you are the Resurrection and the Life.” ~ Amen

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