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Tag Archive for ‘healing’

Monday 8 July

Genesis 28:10-22; Psalm 91; Matthew 9:18-26 Grief How often it seems that our grief leads us to Jesus. How often does our grief, or our need for healing, become the prelude to richer faith? The Jewish president of the local synagogue is heartbroken at the death of his daughter. Immediately Jesus sets out to answer […]

Thursday 4 July

Genesis 22:1-19; Psalm 115; Matthew 9:1-8 Illness and sin In curing this paralytic Jesus identifies both illness and sin – the former affecting the man’s health, the reality of sin bringing a deeper dis-ease to his soul. Notice Jesus does not say the man’s illness is caused by sin, he rejects that prejudice of the […]

Tuesday 2 April

Ezekiel 47:1–9, 12; Psalm 46; John 5:1-3, 5-16 Recognition is healing To be ignored or not recognised can be crippling even for a moment. This man has missed the stirring healing waters for 38 years. Jesus sees him and listens to his desire. Having recognition from Jesus, he is able to get up and walk […]

A Silver Lining to a Cloud of Grief

The pragmatic lens through which an adolescent boy looks is very narrow and has room only for himself. The pragmatic lens through which a mature adult man looks can incorporate the idea of doing things for others. — Celia Lashlie,He’ll Be OK, Growing Gorgeous Boys into Good Men They say when one door closes, another […]

Thursday 14 February

STS CYRIL & METHODIUS Genesis 2:18-25; Psalm 128; Mark 7:24-30 Walk in his ways The first reading presents us with an idyllic scene, where everything is perfect and all creation is balanced in harmony, for our first parents are innocent and perfectly contented before their fall. In contrast, the Gospel reading tells of a child […]

Monday 11 February

Our Lady of Lourdes World Day of Prayer for the Sick Genesis 1:1-19; Psalm 104; Mark 6:53-56 It will be good As God made it, all creation was good, and God found it so. With Christ came the new creation, signalled by Christ’s healing power for those who were sick. Through the intercession of Our […]

Wednesday 23 January

Hebrews 7:1-3, 15-17; Psalm 109 (110):1-4; Mark 3:1-6 Healing A withered hand. The Lord intervenes. The hand is restored. He was grieved at their hardness of heart. Perhaps it is time to renew our faith in the compassion of Jesus. We can let his compassion touch whatever in us is withered or dry or useless. […]

Friday 7 December

St. Ambrose Isaiah 29:17-24; Psalm 26 (27):1, 4, 13-14; Matthew 9:27-31 A transforming action Matthew’s cycle of healing stories (Chapters 8-9) climax with the healing of two blind men. Their crying, ‘Have mercy on us,’ is not a call for pity or about a healing only. It is about transforming action which opens up a […]

Wednesday 5 December

Isaiah 25:6-10; Psalm 22 (23); Matthew 15:29-37 Moved with compassion For the last time, Matthew offers a summary of the healing mission of Jesus which echoes the age of the Messiah of Isaiah 35:5-6. The crowd express their amazement and praise God. As a shepherd caring for sheep, Jesus links healing with feeding. His deep […]

Monday 29 October

Ephesians 4:32-5:8; Psalm 1; Luke 13:10-17 A Matter of Perspective The synagogue official, in today’s Gospel, isn’t interested in whether or not the crippled woman has a need – only in the fact that Jesus isn’t abiding by the rules of when healing could and could not take place. We, too, can get caught up […]