Jesus, The Physician

– Thursday 13th Week in Ordinary Time –

“Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” [Matthew 9:2]

Whenever I hear scripture about somebody being brought to Jesus to be healed, I imagine the scenario in terms of sports. When someone gets injured, and play is halted, teammates (and opposition players) rush to someone’s aid, making the injured as comfortable as possible despite not knowing how to deal with the injury itself. This process usually happens very quickly, and there’s an immediate trust in the medical staff on their way to tend to the injury.

The gospel today points towards coming to Jesus for physical ailments but also the potential for Jesus to treat (and heal) parts of us that aren’t physical or parts that we withhold from God. Our spiritual well-being determines our path to Heaven, and we repeatedly see in the Scriptures that Jesus keeps going out of his way to forgive sins. So why do we hold on to some of those parts that need healing? What kind of faith do we need to demonstrate when our physical, emotional and mental ailments get the better of us?

Often (like sports players), we are ready to come to the aid of others or at least willing to lead them in a position where Jesus can do his best work, with complete trust and faith. But, do we have that same trust and confidence that Jesus can do that work in us? And therefore make our entry to Heaven that bit easier.


by Arnie Hurdoyal

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