Salvation

Clergy Corner by Fr. Ray

When God created the human race, He made them fully alive and fully healthy, "to be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth" (Gen 1:28). But they sinned and since then, sin has become so common. However, God is a compassionate God. Therefore, the merciful God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to restore men to their original health. That is why, to anyone who prays, like the leper in the Gospel, Jesus is always ready to answer, "I do will it. Be healed" (Mk 1:41).

But God, who is perfect, never acts in half measures. Therefore, when the Son of God went about healing people, He aimed at healing not just their bodies but their souls as well. It meant that His mission was not just to heal us but to save us. That is why, while sending His apostles He said, "Preach the good news of salvation and heal the sick." Whenever He healed, He would often say, "your faith has healed you" or "your sins are forgiven." If He devoted one-third of His healing ministry to drive out evil spirits, it was to signal victory over the reign of the evil one, who is the greatest enemy of man’s salvation. Thus, Jesus wants to heal us in order to save us and He wants to save us in order to heal us.

Jesus saves us by reconciling us with God, with our neighbors and with our own selves. When we are reconciled with God, "whatever we do, we will do for the glory of God" (1Cor 10:31), with a cheerful spirit, and a cheerful spirit helps a great deal to recover from illness. When we are reconciled with our neighbors, "we try to please all in any way we can" (1 Cor 10:33); we not only forgive others but also bury all their faults and thus be freed of anger and hatred. When we are reconciled with ourselves, we will readily forgive ourselves also, and we will not brood over our own wrongdoings because rolling in the mud is not the best way of getting clean. As a result, even our emotions, which are strings in the human heart which become sick because, at times, we vibrate them violently, are freed from stress, anxieties and fears. Thus, human health comes to a great extent as an indirect but precious consequence of reconciliation, namely salvation.

This salvation, which brings with it human health, is God’s gift in Christ and not merchandise that money can buy. It is a gift offered to all. Let us all, therefore, turn to Jesus, the all-sufficient healer of humanity, yearning for His free gift of salvation which is health in the ultimate sense.    

 

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