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Healing the Sickness and Connecting with Community

by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada

Today's Bible Verse

"Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, My son your sins are forgiven." (Mark 2:5)

Discussion

Which is more painful?...separation from the community or the physical infirmity?

When we are sick, we are paralyzed in a number of ways. The mind, body, and spirit combination are derailed. As social beings, we are cut off from the rest of the society. Without community, we don't have any separate existence or entity. Physical infirmities may be healed fully or partially and that could be accommodated and adjusted as time passes.

Jesus healed the paralytic man by doing the first thing first by connecting him with the community by forgiving his sins. In those days, sickness was always attached with sins. So all patients were out-casted and discarded from the church, family and from the community. Here is a different story - four people with all the shame of society, risking their lives by breaking into the house where Jesus was sitting, not counting their time, energy and talent, placed the paralytic man in front of Jesus. Jesus, as the son of man (a human being knowing the deepest feelings and sufferings of each individual) and God, healed him fully and connected him to God and community.

Each one has his/her own role to play in the healing process. The main role still falls on the shoulders of human beings - faith and action as the four men did to the paralytic man.

Just before Leonardo da Vinci began painting the Last Supper, he had a quarrel with a fellow painter. He painted the face of his fellow painter as Judas quickly and everyone who passed there recognized the face of Judas as the other painter. He worked out the other disciples' portraits easily. But when it came to the face of Jesus, he could not make any progress. Something seemed to baffle him, frustrating his best efforts. In time, da Vinci saw his hatred of the other painter as the problem holding him back from finishing his work. Only after repainting the face of Judas, was he able to paint Jesus' face and complete his masterpiece.

"So when you offer your gift to God at the altar, and you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there at the altar. Go and make peace with that person, and then come and offer your gift" (Mathew 5:24).

When you recognize someone's need, do you act? Many people have physical and spiritual needs that you can meet, either by yourself or with others who are also concerned. Let us move with compassionate actions and connect the disconnected lot with God and the community.

Prayer

Jesus, remove all the shame on the foreheads of the sick attached by the community in the name of sins. Let us have the reflective time to act and connect to the community. Let all our immobility to move with others be healed. Let us have the purity of thoughts, words, and deeds. Forgive all our trespasses. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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