September 3

Reflection

The gospels tell us that Jesus healed a man who could not hear or speak. Through hearing our perceptions solidify and through spoken words our speech builds connections. When Jesus healed the deaf-mute person, he was restoring his ability to image and perceive. He enabled him to meaningfully reenter the community and know the “good news”. The people were over-whelmed with astonishment at the complete healing of this person. They saw the power of Jesus to affirm life in its fullness. The healing of the deaf-mute liberated them as well. Jesus’ healing contributed to the building of community. His action opened a blocked avenue of communication between God and humanity. In that man, Jesus set free the ability to understand and then to communicate God’s reign of love and justice.

Prayer

Praise the Lord, my soul!
Psalm 146

Action

Do I find that sometimes my vision is blocked and my understanding closed to the situations around me? How can I free myself to realize the truth amid my confusion? How
am I an avenue of communication of God’s truth?

Suggested Reading

They were exceedingly astonished and they said,
“He has done all things well.
He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
Mark 7:31-37

To what will you look for help if you will not look to that which is stronger than yourself?
C.S. Lewis

Healing does not mean going back to the way things were before, but rather allowing what is now to move us closer to God.
Ram Dass

Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you – all of the expectations, all of the beliefs – and becoming who you are.
Rachel Naomi Remen

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
Helen Keller

There is a moment in our healing journey when our denial crumbles; we realize our experience and it’s continued effects on us won’t “just go away”. That’s our breakthrough moment. It’s the sun coming out to warm the seeds of hope so they can grow our personal garden of empowerment
Jeanne McElvaney

The wound is the place where the Light enters you.
Rumi

To heal from the inside out is the key.
Wynonna Judd

 

 

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