By Br. Arden Xerxes Driz Dacuma, OP
September 9, 2018
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: Is 35:4-7A, Responsorial Psalm: PS 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10, 2nd Reading: JAS 2:1-5, Gospel: MK 7:31-37
I recently worked in a hospital as an associate chaplain. One of the things I learned during that time is that total healing is not only physical but also spiritual and emotional. The doctors are primarily concerned with the physical aspect, but for us chaplains, our concern is on the spiritual and emotional aspects. The physical aspect might be different from the two but they are actually interconnected. For us chaplains, when the spiritual and emotional aspects of sick persons become well, the physical aspect follows, of course with the help of the doctors. Hence, the total bodily healing is achieved when these aspects become well altogether.
that total healing is not only physical but also spiritual and emotional
This is the same message of Jesus in the Gospel today when He cured a deaf man who had speech impediment. Ephphatha! Be opened. Jesus’ healing was not only physical but also spiritual and emotional. That is why He looked up to heaven and prayed before He healed the deaf man. This also attested by the prophet Isaiah in our first reading today, as he foretold: Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with recompense he comes to you. Thus, our Savoir Jesus Christ brought us healing in our totality not only in one aspect of our life.
It is, therefore, a constant challenge for us to maintain not only a healthy body but also a healthy spiritual and emotional life through our various acts of faith.