Grace to you!
Yesterday, I shared how faith working through charity leads to heavenly glory. In today’s reflection, I will share some thoughts on some steps to finding healing in the Lord.
Recall that Advent is a time of hope-filled expectation. We wait in hope, not in despair. We are certain that what we hope for is for real. We know in faith it will come to pass. We trust the Lord Jesus who has promised, because he is reliable and always true. No suffering or pain or sickness we face on earth would take away our confidence.
We have a wonderful example from the Gospel of Matthew (9:27-31). It is the encounter between the Lord and the two blind men, whom he healed. From that miracle, you would find some lessons that could help in your Advent spiritual journey and development.
By the accounts of the Gospel of Matthew, the healing of the two blind men is the 9thmiracle performed by Jesus. Understanding some of the principles behind the miracle may help us in our daily prayers for healing as we wait in hope for the Lord’s coming.
First is to realize that the Lord is always passing by. “Jesus was passing by…” (cf. Mt 9:27). By this I mean, the Lord is always present to us, more than we are to ourselves. The Lord is closest to us during moments of need and worries, more than we may have known. During your moments of need, remember that the Lord is with you and is ever ready to accompany you pass through the difficult times. The Lord is our most reliable friend.
Second, the need to ask for mercy and help. The two blind men called out to the Lord for mercy and healing. “Son of David”, they said, “have pity (mercy) on us” (Mt 9:27).
Sometimes, it is difficult for us to ask for help when we are in need. There is nothing wrong in asking for help. I understand some people are afraid of receiving no for an answer. However, you never know what the outcome would be unless you’ve asked. With regard to the Lord, no one who asks for mercy, grace and healing receives no for an answer. We all have in Christ, the yes for our salvation (cf. 2 Cor 1:20). God does miracles often to those who know they need help and reach out to God for mercy and healing. You have to call for mercy.
What is it in your life, that of your family, friend, workplace, church or community that makes you worried and frustrated? Do you feel helpless and incapable of bringing the needed change and healing? Tell the Lord about it. Be an intercessor for that cause, seeking mercy and grace. Calling for mercy shows you aren’t perfect and all self-sufficient. It shows we know our limitations. We need things from the Lord. The Lord provides.
Third, have faith in the Lord who heals. Faith in the Lord Jesus as Savior is key to healing from him. We have to acknowledge that Jesus, the Son of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Messiah. The two blind men in our above story did this by calling Jesus “Son of David”, a technical biblical language which traces the identity of Jesus to David and recognizes that the Messiah is the Son of David. The Jesus who heals is the one who came in history, through the genealogy of David, born of the Virgin Mary, in fulfillment of the prophecies of thousands of years ago. He is not simply Christ of mystery. He lived and worked among us in history and continues to live among us in mystery. He is alive!
Fourth is the belief that Jesus the Lord heals you. Jesus asked the men “Do you believe that I am able to heal you?” They said to him “Yes, Lord” (Mt 9:28). Not only did they express the grace of faith in the healing power of the Lord, they also reaffirmed their faith in him as Lord (Matt 9:28). If you do not trust that the Lord can heal you, it would be difficult to be healed. Common sense shows us that in a doctor-patient relationship, healing is facilitated when the patient trusts the doctor.
Finally is Jesus’ declaration of healing. Be certain of this, the Lord does not let us down. Scripture says that the Lord is close to the broken hearted and he saves (Ps 34:18).” He heals.
Are you in need? Tell it to Jesus. Trust he will take care of you. He will.
May God’s grace of healing be rich in your life and family as we await the coming of the Lord. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Friday Advent Week 1: Is 29:17-24; Mt. 9:27-31]