Monday of Pentecost 6 – Prayer of the Week

Heavenly Father, during His earthly ministry Your Son Jesus healed the sick and raised the dead. By the healing medicine of the Word and Sacraments pour into our hearts such love toward You that we may live eternally; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

She had been sent home to die over a year earlier. The CT scan had revealed over 200 tumors spread throughout her body. There was nothing more the Oncologist and other specialists could do. To their surprise, however, she showed up after that year in their offices. They all thought she was dead. She felt great. They put her back in the CT scan and discovered that all the tumors were either gone or in the process of shriveling up. She was a member of the parish at which I was serving a vacancy. Her name was Bonnie. 

One doctor looked her in the face and said, “This is a miracle.” The other physician snorted. He did not believe in miracles. The chemotherapy must have finally kicked in he guessed. Sometimes we can be blinded by what we know.

The prayer asks God for another sort of healing for us, a healing of the heart that we may once more love God as we were always meant to love God, eternally. That will take a miracle. It will not be an act of will or determination or effort on my part. I can no more make that happen than I can will 200 tumors to disappear. God can, however, he did that sort of thing when Jesus walked the shores of Galilee. He even raised the dead. As you read the accounts of Jesus healing, do not just think of them as events from the past. They are a witness to what Jesus is doing in your heart right now and every day. He is healing your heart so that you can love God forever. Bonnie would eventually die, but she will also be the object of that Jesus’ healing once more when he raises her, whole and loving from the grave.

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