How many of us when struck by a serious disease have wished we could go back to the time of the Apostles when miracles and healings were everyday events. In the book of Acts we read how people were healed by the shadow of Peter passing over them. Cloths touched by Paul were used to heal people who were unable to go to Paul. Oh, we wish it were that simple, now.
Why isn’t it that simple now? Why aren’t we turning to Jesus for healing instead of running off to Mexico or elsewhere for an alternate cure? Why don’t we go to God? Do we really believe that God has the power to heal us? Do we believe that He loves us?
Don’t we receive the same Holy Spirit in Confirmation and Baptism? Do we believe that somehow over the course of 2000 years the power of the Holy Spirit has been diluted? Isn’t God the same God with all the power that created the Universe?
Isn’t the Jesus present in every consecrated host the same Jesus who raised the dead and healed all who came to Him in faith? Isn’t He the same Jesus who suffered so horribly for us out of love during the Passion? Didn’t Paul tell us in Hebrews 13:8 that Jesus is “the same, yesterday, today and forever”?
Don’t we really believe that God loves us? Do we feel that we’re so great a sinner that He couldn’t possibly love us? Are we so great a sinner that God wouldn’t use us to heal someone else?
What about Peter? Didn’t he deny Jesus three times? Wasn’t he hot-tempered and brash? What about Paul? Didn’t he persecute Christians? Wasn’t he involved in the death of St. Stephen? What about the people who they healed? Wasn’t this the same generation that crucified Our Lord? Isn’t it likely that some of those healed were in the crowd on Good Friday?
I’ve read that healings and miracles were necessary to bring people into the Church but once the Church was established they disappeared? However, miracles have always been part of the Church’s history. And except for technology is this generation really that different from Pagan Rome?
I know people say we don’t need miracles or healings because of how advanced medicine is. The question that arises today is the cost. Can we afford Modern Medicine? Will it be available to all of us? Does God want us to run to Him or to the hottest doctor?
Could the fault for the lack of healings in the Church today lie with us and not God’s love or desire to heal us? Could it be that we don’t ask in the faith required or aren’t really open to His healing love? Are we seeking healing on our terms or His?
Most of us have seen the movie, The Passion of the Christ. There is a scene in the movie after the scourging and crowning with thorns where Pilate presents Jesus covered with bloodied wounds to the crowd. Would any of us in His place be satisfied with two aspirin?
Often that is how we approach God for healing. Over the course of our lifetime we have been wounded spiritually and emotionally. God looks at us and sees these wounds. He sees us infested with spiritual and emotional cancers and longs to heal us. He longs to pour His love upon us. He longs for us to open ourselves to His love. We however, only want the physical healing. We refuse to open ourselves up to the spiritual and emotional healing.
In a sense we refuse to let God be God and control our life. We insist on being our own God and controlling our life. We don’t want to surrender. We know what we need. We know everything we need to know. We want to hang on to the anger, resentments and grudges. We don’t want to change. We don’t want to open ourselves up to God’s healing love. We might have to let go of feelings that we want to hang onto. We might have to admit we were wrong that we made mistakes and committed sins. We might have to forgive people we don’t want to forgive.
We don’t want to do this. We don’t really want to surrender our lives to God, to give Him control. He wants to heal us totally, to give us a new better life but we don’t want it. Instead we ask for aspirin and band aids