Monday, September 5, 2011

Proclaiming the Gospel of Healing through Suffering

In today's readings for Mass, we see that Jesus healed the man with the withered hand, yet had to pay the price for it by drawing down the scorn and contempt of the Pharisees. In the first reading, we see that suffering always accompanies redemption, even to the point where St Paul would embrace the sufferings of those that failed to anser the call to suffer with Christ.

Listen to my homily for today:

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God heals. We must come to know him as a healer. That is the way the Father loves us his children, but we must be ready to pay the price. We must also remember that our redemption came through a cross and sometimes the deeper wounds are spiritual wounds that are only healed by bodily affliction, OR he is inviting us to suffer for the sake of others.

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