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Sunday, February 6, 2005

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Fifth Sunday Ordinary Time

Isaiah 58:7-10
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Psalm 112
Matthew 5:13-16

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god's ways of healing

"Your wound shall quickly be healed." —Isaiah 58:8

In a world of suffering, pain, and brokenness, the Lord makes the amazing promise of quick healing. This promise, like many of the Lord's promises, is preceded and followed by several commands. The Lord commands us to fast in the right spirit and serve the basic needs of the poor (Is 58:6-7). Then He will fulfill several promises, if we are willing to respond to these graces by obeying further commands related to doing justice (Is 58:9ff).

When we are hurting, we tend to want God to heal us so that we can return to the lifestyle that may have contributed to our sickness. However, the Lord wants our healing to be the centerpiece of major developments in our lives based on repentance, love, justice, and mercy.

Will we accept healing on the Lord's terms? Will we let Him be Lord of our healing and Lord of our lives? Will we let the Lord tear down and restructure our lives through healing? Will you subordinate your healing to the Lord, the Healer?

Prayer:  Father, I repent of making an idol of my lifestyle. I accept Jesus as my Lord.

Promise:  "I determined that while I was with you I would speak of nothing but Jesus Christ and Him crucified." —1 Cor 2:2

Praise:  Praise to You, risen Lord and "Healer"! (Hos 11:4) By Your wounds, we are healed (1 Pt 2:24). Alleluia!

Reference:  (For related teaching, order our booklet, Healing: The Imitation of Christ, or our tape series on How to Heal in Jesus' Name, either a six-part audio series starting with AV 11A-1 or a three- part video series starting with V-11A.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Giles H. Pater, August 18 8, 2004

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 23, 2004