Today’s Gospel reading is one of the wildest happenings. Imagine the scene.
The message is loud and clear in this Chapter 8 of Matthew’s Gospel. He is who He says He is. The Messiah, the Son of God who comes to heal and to save! He is the King of Love.
What about us, in our time? Doubters now might say: if Jesus is God with us now and so many Christians have prayed for the end of the pandemic, why doesn’t He end it? Jesus can and will end the pandemic as HE wants to. So far, He hasn’t done so by an easy fix! Rather He wants us to learn something, and through what we learn and his power we – our families and our communities - will be healed in ways that matter most.
Jesus’ very name in Hebrew, Yeshua, means “God who saves us.” He comes to free us from sin, heal our hearts, our relationships, to bring new life and love to marriage and families. He wants solidarity and justice. He wants us to find Him, living among us. Despite the suffering during the pandemic, we hear that so many rediscovered this.
Yet as the world relaxes restrictions, are we going to return to the politic bickering on all levels, violence that leads to destruction, and unbridled consumerism?
As St. John Paul II proclaimed, Open wide the doors to Christ! Do not be afraid.
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About Father Jim Phalan, C.S.C.
Father James Phalan, C.S.C., is a Catholic priest, member of the Congregation of Holy Cross and the National Director of Family Rosary. He served as a missionary for many years travelling the globe to help people come to Jesus through Mary as part of the Family Rosary team. Now he is happy to be serving back at home in the USA!