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Tag: Healing

Creation, Too, “Longs” for the Healing That Christ Will Bring

December 3, 2018 4 Comments
Creation, Too, “Longs” for the Healing That Christ Will Bring

In the first reading for Tuesday of the first week of Advent is expressed the implicit longing of all creation for healing. Isaiah tells us of the healing that will one day come to creation when prey lie down in peace with their predators: The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie […]

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A Man Who Saw by Hearing

October 27, 2018 2 Comments
A Man Who Saw by Hearing

This Sunday’s Gospel features the well-known story of the healing of the blind man (Bartimaeus). When listening to any familiar story, we are inclined, upon hearing its opening lines, to think, “Oh, that story,” and just sort of tune out. If we do so, though, we may miss some important details. The story of Bartimaeus […]

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Losing our Leprosy – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of the Year

February 10, 2018 5 Comments
Losing our Leprosy – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of the Year

In the Gospel this Sunday, we see the healing of a leper (this means you and me). In Scripture, leprosy describes more than just a physical affliction; it is a metaphor for sin as well. Obviously leprosy itself is not sin, but its effects are similar. Like leprosy, sin disfigures us; it deteriorates us; it […]

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It Takes Guts to Be Healed: A Meditation on the Difference Between Healing and Relief

September 6, 2011 0 Comments

I recently came across the following dialogue. I do not know the source, though it is in the form of the sayings of the desert Fathers: To a distressed person who came to him for help the Abbot said, “Do you really want a cure?” And the man replied, “If I did not, would I […]

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Recall Notice!

November 19, 2010 10 Comments

The maker of all humans beings (GOD) is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units (code named Adam and Eve) resulting in the same defect in all subsequent […]

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Who Touched Me? A Brief Meditation on the Reality of Faith

July 28, 2010 3 Comments

A unique moment happens in the Gospel of  Luke wherein Jesus asks a question we ought ultimately to answer for ourselves. And as Jesus went along the multitudes thronged him.  And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, who had spent all her living upon physicians, and could not be healed of any, came […]

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On Spy Wednesday a Look at the Sins of the Clergy

March 30, 2010 16 Comments

Wednesday of Holy Week is traditionally called “Spy Wednesday” since it is this day when Judas conspired with the Temple Leadership to hand Jesus over. He would accomplish his task the evening of the next day, but today he makes arrangements to hand Jesus over. One way to reflect on this terrible sin is to […]

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The Diagnosis is Dire But The Doctor Is In

February 22, 2010 14 Comments

The Diagnosis is in. The situation looks grave. From the test results, we’ve got some serious stuff wrong with us!  You might say we’ve got a few issues!  Yes, I’ve  got your spiritual “medical chart” and mine open and I’m looking at the test results and the numbers don’t look good.  We’ve tested positive for a […]

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