Monday, 6 December 2010

Spiritual healing

Today's Gospel, taken from Luke 5:17-26, is about the paralytic who was lowered through the roof because the crowds prevented him from Bering brought to Jesus. Jesus seeing their faith forgive the man's sins, and this causes a stir among the scribes and pharisees.

At this time, people are flocking too Jesus from all over the country, and he taught them. Whatever the main reason for all those people to come, bringing is directly the teaching, the encounter of the Word, or the healing is not always clear, but here it becomes clear that the two are closely linked.

I think it is important not only to look at the healing miracles from a physical point of view, but also from a spiritual. In the Western world we might not see as many physical healing, although they do happen, we can defiantly see the need for spiritual healing.

Jesus is calling us all the time to come to him and to be healed. He can give us healing of our souls, as is clear in this passage as he demonstrate his authority to forgive sins. But we have to open our heart to him, and allow the healer to make us whole.

Yesterday some of us went to see the film "of Gods and men", which is about the Cistercians who were killed in Algeria at the end of the 90's. That film shown the profound change real knowledge of God can have, but it is a reality which most people today do not recognise.

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