Christmas is a season of joy, love, peace & reconciliation. Celebrating Christmas means healing the sick.You may ask, how can I heal the sick? You may even argue, I’m not a health personnel,how possible? I’ll show you in some few steps the possibility of the above.Do we have sick people in the world? Yes or no! What is our attitude towards the sick? Do we love them? Are we compassionate towards them? Do we think we are better than the sick because of our current state of life? For some of these people, it is not our money or food they are after, but LOVE.
In the Gospel (Matthew 4:12-17, 23-25), we hear of Jesus healing the sick. The text says that great crowds came to Jesus with the sick & they were healed of their infirmities: epileptics, paralytics, demoniacs, etc.
Jesus has passed on this ministry of healing to His Church, which is to be exercised daily. We have the power to positively impact upon the life of the sick. Healing is not always about “I was blind,” but now “I can see;” “I was deaf,” but now “I can hear.” It could be relief from pain, a sense of comfort, joy & satisfaction. How can we extend healing to the sick?
1. We are to occasionally visit the sick; not just those close to us, but all.
2. We are to encourage the sick by giving them words of comfort.
3. We are to pray with the sick, assuring them of God’s providence.
4. We should treat sick people the way we expect to be treated when we are sick.
5. Love shown a sick person is infectiously therapeutic.
6. If you are sick, pray & go to the hospital. Avoid the habit of going to “prayer camps, etc” which might compound your pain. Prayer works, but we must do the needful first. Jesus, the great healer, uses the doctors, the nurses, etc in healing us.
7. I passionately appeal to all families & friends whose sick relations are out there on the street begging to attend to them. You never know tomorrow.
NOTE: Sickness is a state of life which is temporal; you may be strong today, but weak tomorrow & vice versa.
S–say a prayer for the sick.
I–inspire the sick with the Word of God.
C–care for the sick is Godly.
K–kindness to the sick brings God’s blessings.
May God use us in extending His healing to the world, the Father & the Son & the Holy Spirit.
# Visit the sick today#
In life, problems are realities which we experience daily. Where do you go when your plans fail in life? What do you do when all odds seem to be against you? What becomes of your own disposition in the face of failure? What are some of the words you utter in the face of disappointment? Are you patient with God in difficult moments? Are you able to identify the hand of God in your predicament? What is your actual position in terms of the above?
The above is an explicit expression of the text of today’s first reading (Exodus 17:3-7). Despite the wonders which the Lord had wrought in the light of Israel’s liberation from the Egyptians (the inflicting of deadly plagues on the Egyptians, the crossing of the red sea and the feeding of manna in the desert), the people had all of a sudden forgotten all these; they had lost hope in the power of Yahweh to save them and they complained bitterly against Moses. They preferred damnation to salvation; they likened the land of Egypt to the land of promise; they chose death over life; they subscribed to curse instead of blessing. All these were as a result of thirst forgetting the fact that nothing is impossible with Yahweh. Their main argument was very simple: if God is powerful, why does He allow thirst to kill them?
In response, God showed His power by providing them with water from a rock. Like the people, we also experience this same event in our lives. God is never blind to our predicament. He knows whatever we are going through. Instead of grumbling everyday against God, rather praise Him. Thank God even when things are difficult; praise Him even when your plans fail; the God who started that project in you will definitely lead you to a fruitful conclusion. The potency of God is not dependent on your success in life neither is your present predicament an indication of the impotence of God. The Lord will never forsake His people. In this season of Lent, say to yourself “enough is enough” in terms of your predicament. Offer to God praises in season and out of season and harden not your hearts if you listen to the voice of the Lord (responsorial Psalm).
Our natural inclination is to stay where we are, to make a tent and to settle comfortably. God continually urges us to a land which He Himself will show us. This invitation is what the season of Lent invites all of us to embrace. We are to leave the old way of sin behind and to embrace holiness; we are to say no to sin and yes to God; no to hell and yes to heaven.
Abraham responds to the above positively when he is called by God to leave the land of his birth and go to a land the Lord will show him (Genesis 12:1-4).
Jesus, like Abraham in the above, goes to the mountain with three of His disciples to commune with God (Matthew 17:1-9). This experience is what is biblically known as the TRANSFIGURATION. The English word “Transfiguration” means “change in form or appearance.” This experience invites us to reflect on four key points:
- The cloud:
This is a representation of the presence of God. It was the belief of the Jews that the Messiah would bring back the clouds (Exodus 16:10; 33:9). By the fact of the cloud appearing, Jesus is indeed the Messiah.
- The presence of Moses and Elijah:
These men encountered God on mountains, they fasted for forty days and nights and their final end was mysterious. Whereas Moses represents the Law, Elijah represents the Prophets. Thus, their presence sums up the fact that Jesus is the fulfilment of the Law and the Prophets. Everything will pass away, but the Word will endure to the end. This explains why with their disappearance in the above scene, Jesus was still present.
- Foretaste of heavenly glory:
Jesus must suffer before He enters into His glory. There can be no crown without cross; no Easter Sunday without Good Friday; there can be no success without struggle; no joy without pain. Like Jesus, we must be prepared to go through a similar experience.
- Divine announcement:
During the Lord’s transfiguration, the Father announced “This is my Son, the Beloved; He enjoys my favour.” This is the same statement which the Father repeated during the Baptism of the Lord. Jesus indeed enjoys the favour of the Lord. Do we listen to Him?
May the transfiguration of Jesus lead to our own transfiguration. May it make us better people and positively transform our society and the world at large.
Dear family of God, today being the fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time and the first Sunday of a new month, the month of February, the readings of the day invite us
The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God: We celebrated the liturgical feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary on January 1st, which is the Octave of Christmas.
John the Baptist, back then, was a figure of the role of the church today. With all of the many dimensions of our preparations for Christmas, we, as Christians, must give priority to the preparation
The readings for today’s Liturgy, especially the First and Gospel, invites us to a deep prayer life because with prayer all things are possible. We are invited, again, to let our prayer be action oriented