Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Like the woman who had been haemorrhaging for twelve years that approached Jesus, I too have long-term bleeds that afflict, or dis-ease, mind and soul. Past traumas experienced, hurts that are not forgiven, unrequited loves, or entrenched entitlements or prejudices – any of these can lead to serious physical ailments, serious haemorrhages of heart and mind. Sometimes these ‘elephants in the room’ are so big that they block out the sun of God’s mercy, and although I know Jesus is present to me, I forget, or perhaps don’t know how, to present these diseases to Jesus. It is tempting to think that visits to medical doctors or mental health specialists will take away such afflictions, but like the woman in Mark’s Gospel discovered, these provide only temporary relief. But it is the haemorrhaging woman herself who shows us the way to true and lasting healing - in humility follow Jesus, approaching whatever part of his being we find accessible, and trust Him to heal us. It is Jesus who not only can, but does, heal any long-term dis-ease that I bring to him. What long-term aliments have I been struggling with that need to be brought to Jesus for healing? Holy Spirit, help me bring my long-term afflictions to Christ Jesus.
Save your servant who trusts in you. (Psalm 86:2)
He will provide the way and the means, such as you could never have imagined. Leave it all to him, let go of yourself.
St. Catherine of Sienna
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.