The Wounded Healer.

Kinalawkaw na Puso.
April 5, 2021
When God Complains.
April 5, 2021
PITIK-BULAG: The Wounded Healer
 
Today’s gospel brings us to the heart of Jesus … ever caring, sensitive and consoling. When Jesus encountered the man who was ill for thirty-eight years (John 5: 1-16), mercy flooded his soul. He felt the urgency to do something and ease the lingering pain of the man. LOVE KNOWS NO TIME AND PLACE TO CARE, BUT IN THE HERE AND NOW. Thus, despite the strict prohibition to work on Sabbath day, Jesus healed the man without hesitation.
 
Jesus is a wounded healer, not only because of his wounds but because of the wounds of others. His compassion to those who are sick and wounded brings deep wounds in his heart. Love compels him to act immediately. Walang pinipiling panahon at oras ang umiibig. Ang lahat ay nasa NGAYON AT DITO. WHEN SOMEONE IS IN LOVE, he will do his best to ease the burden and pain of his beloved.
 
In our gospel today, Jesus reveals that he and God the Father works hard for us at all times. Jesus said, “My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.” (John 5:17). Work is a manifestation of love. Hardworking people who work for God’s glory and for the benefit of others are LOVERS OF LIFE. They are workers in God’s vineyard. They are Jesus’ friends and companions. They are the healers, consolers, light in the dark, and pockets of graces in our deeply wounded world.
 
Are you a wounded healer also like Jesus? Do you work hard in the name of love? Or do we complain a lot in our work? Do you see your work as a contribution to God’s desire to uplift the dignity of humanity? Are you tired but fulfilled in your work?
 
O Dear Jesus, my Saviour,
remind me that I’m so blessed,
and more fortunate than others.
I do have my share of sufferings,
but others are burdened with a heavier load.
You are my Lord, my God, and my King,
but you have embraced our burdens.
Inspired by your great love for us,
let me follow your holy footsteps.
Let me assist others in carrying their cross,
the way you consoled the women of Jerusalem,
the way you comforted your mother in pain,
and the way you saved a thief from damnation.
Though you were wounded, you healed us.
You were insulted, and yet you embraced us.
You were abandoned, but you stayed with us.
Now, I understand the meaning of real love.
And when I think less of myself
and think more of others’ pain,
God will heal my pain too.
O Jesus, let me imitate you,
and teach me to become
a wounded healer like you.
For to feel and ease
the pain of others,
is to love them
with all my
heart.
 
Amen.
 
– Pitik-Bulag
 
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes, we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:5
 
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March 17, 2021 – Wednesday
Gospel Reading: John 5: 17-30
 
“My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.”

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