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The Pathway to Healing

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

“He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.’” (Mark 5: 34)

The faith of the hemorrhaging woman in Mark's gospel is a reminder to us of the nature and pathway of healing. The woman had come to the end of her resources. Confronted with life's challenges, we too come to the point where we can't do it anymore; we are powerless to go on.

The Christian mystics talk about a kind of death that has to take place at such times as this. They say that this death is a transformative process of dying to the last trace of finding our security or identity in anything less than an infinite union with the Infinite. They tell us that this death to security and identity is subtle and at times extremely challenging. But they also tell us it is profoundly liberating.

This is what Jesus meant when he said that in order to save our lives, we must first lose them.

Lord Jesus, help us to recognize the Spirit at work in the transformative process of healing.

Bless our families, businesses, schools, health care organizations and churches

so that we can be nurturers of genuine healing. Amen.

Paul Willrodt
Friend of Avera,

2 SAMUEL 18:9-10, 14B, 24-25A, 30-19:3 • PSALM 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6• MARK 5:21-43

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