Tuesday of Fourth Week of Lent
March 16, 2021
To Heal or Not To Heal
Do you still remember Pope Francis’ image about the Church? He called the church the “field hospital.” He said in 2013, “The thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds, heal the wounds.”
Jesus in the Gospel today saw “In these lay a large number of ill, blind, lame, and crippled.” So many people gathered together waiting for the opportunity to bathe in a “miraculous” pool. Jesus might debate in his head and heart, ‘to heal or not to heal’ on the sabbath. Finally, he decided to ask a man with his 38 years of sickness, “Do you want to be well?” And Jesus healed him. Because of this healing act, the Jews tried to persecute Jesus.
Today, we see and hear the sick everywhere. Coronavirus pandemic has killed many people and still threatens so many lives. Unemployment and hopelessness are happening right in our families and parishes. Suicide and violence are not just news but reality. People are sick and paralized spiritually. God is seemingly too far to reach for some people.
To heal or not to heal? That is the question. When people need healings we cannot ask so many unnecessary questions. We need to train our hearts and minds for instant compassion. Like Jesus, we might fail the “sabbath laws” but one sick person could be freed from suffering and bondage of sin. Jesus met him again and said, “Look, you are well; do not sin any more, so that nothing worse may happen to you.” It’s worth it!
Question: Do you have instant compassion for healing?
Today there will be a new group of Spiritual Anonymous. If you know anyone who struggle with their lives, spiritually or emotionally or psychologically, please invite them to this meeting. We meet for 8 times. This program helps you to create a “new rhythm of life.” It gives you a new perspective and secret of life to love your life more and to love others more.
We will meet at 5:30pm at 5249 Maple Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70805 or call 225-355-2553. All is FREE.