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Healing touch of sacraments

The miracle stories retold in the liturgy of Jesus performing a healing are highly familiar to most of us.

The stories are told in great detail. This gives us hope that the age of miracles is not yet over, despite the fact that we know that death is the one inevitable for everyone.

However, as in the biblical rendition of the raising of the 12-year-old daughter of the Roman official, we also know that despite the great advances in medical knowledge and technology, that the lives of young people cannot always be saved.

Where does this leave us as followers of Jesus? We believe we live a life of faith and that it is through this faith we have been told that whatever we ask for in prayer we will receive.

However, we still have to remember that when we pray, we are basically asking the God’s will may be done, and not our own, as expressed in the Lord’s Prayer, “May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Our faith teaches us that no matter what we may think, God’s will is that each and every one of us will have what is the absolute best possible for our welfare. This can be hard to accept at times, but it is what we are asked to believe.

In his great gift to us in his son, Jesus the Christ, he has opened for us the gift of salvation and, through Jesus’ death and resurrection, has given us the hope that we will receive forgiveness for our sins and will ultimately overcome death, the death to this world.

Our focus then becomes living a life of faith, just as Jesus taught us, and we rediscover with the reading of the scriptures and the teaching of the Church.

Jairus and the woman with the long-term haemorrhage received what they had asked for, even though they were not followers of Jesus.

St. Mark brings the two episodes together and highlights the fact that, even within a situation where Jesus had been overwhelmed by a crowd of people, he was able to recognise that his healing power had gone out from him when the woman touched him.

Jesus’ touch is a healing touch and even though it demands faith from those who seek his power we, in our day, receive that healing touch through the sacraments. In particular, the Eucharist is a powerful act of healing through Jesus, because we believe that we have touched him as we hold him enthroned in our hands and consume him in his body and blood and receive nourishment, healing and forgiveness in his all encompassing love and care.

We give thanks to the God of the living. He did not make us for death, but for life. His Son causes us to rise and gives himself, the bread if life, to eat.