Healings in the Heart of Jesus
by Fr. Rodney Kneifl
... from the SFSpirit Archives, November, 2004
Have you ever looked at the front cover of a 1000 piece puzzle and thought, "I must put this beautiful picture together"? When the time comes to open the puzzle box and we begin to sort out the pieces, we realize that this will not fit together as quickly as a child's five piece game. We usually begin by looking for difference of color, shape, or size and the border pieces to start the building process on the table. Almost every person begins to pray for patience about 5 minutes - into the puzzle process. This is going to take longer than we thought.
Healing at Different Speeds
Some hurts in a person's life are so large and they are so many strings attached to a situation, like the pieces of a 1000 part puzzle; it takes a while for Jesus to convince us of His way and style of bringing about total cure.
A change of the way of life, the way we speak, act, or live is a turning toward the kingdom. A form of healing begins because we desire to return to the Kingdom of Jesus' love. It can be hurtful to leave that old lifestyle and the darkness that was so familiar to our life.
There is great light and love from Jesus when we give up blaming everyone else for our troubles, acceptance of our brokenness and even asking Jesus to love those areas of our lives that have not been loved for so long. Jesus is also ready to release us from the bondage that keeps us in this way of darkness, blame, and difficulty. Jesus can literally heal us in the blink of an eye. All that Jesus does is always in accord with the Father's love and will; that the best may be done for each one of us. Jesus Christ the Redeemer came as a helpless infant. He wanted to be like one of us.
Five Ways God Uses Problems
The problems we face will either defeat us or develop us depending on how we respond to them. Unfortunately, most people fail to see how God wants to use problems for good in our lives. Here are five ways God wants to use the problems in our lives:
1. God uses problems to DIRECT us. Sometimes God must light a fire under us to get us moving. Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change. Is God trying to get our attention? "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6).
2. God uses problems to INSPECT us. People are like tea bags If you want to know what's inside then, just drop them into hot water! Has God tested your faith with a problem? What do problems reveal about us? "When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience" (James 1:2-3).
3. God uses problems to CORRECT us. Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure. It's likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stove. But you probably learned by being burned. Sometimes we only learn the value of something by losing it. "It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes" (Psalm 119:72).
4. God uses problems to PROTECT us. A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents us from being harmed by something more serious. Last year a friend was fired for refusing to do something unethical that his boss had asked him to do. His unemployment was a problem, but it saved him from being convicted and sent to prison a year later when management's actions were eventually discovered. "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good" (Genesis 50:20 ).
5. God uses problems to PERFECT us. Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders. God is far more interested in your character than your comfort. Your relationship to God and your character are the only two things we're going to take with us into eternity. "We can rejoice when we run into problems... they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady" (Romans 5:3-4).
Here's the point: God is at work in our lives – even when we don't recognize it or understand it. But it's so much easier when we surrender to his plan for our life.
It is never easy going through life's hurts and difficulties. There are many ways that Jesus will bring a conclusion to the brokenness. Jesus has good ears; He can hear even the tiniest whisper in our heart, that we need help. He honors that deep request from within. Take the first step and bring your pain to Him. We have nothing to fear from Him. Jesus is good at healing. "They carried to Him all those afflicted with various diseases and racked with pain: the possessed, the lunatics, the paralyzed. He cured them all" (Matthew 4:24).
Jesus knows how to handle all the pieces in our lives. From the Archives - SF Spirit - November 2004.
REFLECTION FOR TODAY
January 20, 2022
By Fr. Andrew Ibegbulem, OSA
THE TRUTH TO BE TRUSTED
And whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him and shout, "You are the Son of God." He warned them sternly not to make him known. Mk. 3:12
While Jesus preached the Good News of God's love which was accompanied by his healing ministry, He made the mercy and compassion of God known and felt by all. Jesus' mission was universal, attracting Jews and pagans alike. He exercised his Divine power of healing, using his human body to demonstrate to people that he was both God and man.
Jesus instructed the healed ones not to publicize him, as the expected Messiah because he did not want to bring his public life to a premature end. The ordinary Jews believed that the expected Messiah would declare himself King of the Jews after overthrowing the Roman rule. Hence, it was dangerous to let people regard him as the Messiah.
In our gospel reference today, Jesus commands the unclean spirits to remain silent because their testimony to the truth of who Jesus is cannot be trusted. The demons or unclean spirits cannot be trusted they often deceive others by speaking some truth in a slightly erroneous way. They mix the truth with error. Therefore, they are not worthy of speaking any truth about Jesus.
This should give us insight into the proclamation of the gospels. There are many whom we hear preach the gospel, but not everything we hear or read is fully trustworthy. There are countless opinions, advice givers, and preachers in our world today. Sometimes the preacher will say something quite true but then will knowingly or unknowingly mix that truth with small errors. This does great damage and leads many astray.
As Christians today's reference give us a wonderful insight, we that we must always listen carefully to what is preached and try to discern whether what is said is fully in union with what Jesus has revealed. This is the main reason we should always rely upon the preaching of Jesus as it is revealed through our Church.
Jesus guarantees that His truth is spoken through His Church. Therefore, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the lives of the saints, and the wisdom of the teaching authority of the Magisterium must always be used as a basis for all we listen to and preach to others.
Reflect, today, upon how completely you trust our Church. Sure, our Church is filled with sinners; we are all sinners. But our Church is also filled with the fullness of the truth, and the Holy Spirit. We are called to enter a deep trust of all that Jesus has and continues to reveal to you through His Church. Offer a prayer of gratitude this day for the teaching authority of the Church and recommit yourself to a full acceptance of that authority.
My Lord of all Truth, I thank You for the gift of Your Church. Today, I especially thank You for the gift of the clear and authoritative teaching that comes to me through the Church. May I always trust in this authority and offer a full submission of my mind and will to all that You have revealed, especially through our Holy Father and the saints. Jesus, I trust in You.
Saint of the Day
As a lay organization, the mission of the Charismatic Renewal is:
- To help all people come to know the love of God in their lives as demonstrated through our Lord, Jesus Christ.
- To help our brothers and sisters respond to God's love by loving God in return through a commitment to serve Christ and His Church.
- To assist them to listen and follow the movement of the Holy Spirit at work in their lives.
- To help our brothers and sisters recognize the ministry that God has called them to, and accept the gifts that God desires to bestow upon them for His work in our Church and in our world.
- To lead them to a New Life offered to us by the Holy Spirit.