In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
In today\’s Gospel we hear about two occasions on which Christ healed the sick. And we may ask ourselves, \’Why didn\’t He heal everyone who was in need of healing?\’
I believe, it is everyone who longed not only for physical healing, not only for a new strength to continue to live according to nature that could be healed. The Lord asks from them two questions; the one which we hear in today\’s Gospel, and the other one which we hear more than once in other passages. Today we have heard this question, \’Can you believe, do you believe? Do you believe that My compassion extends to you? Do you believe that I can heal you because you have seen in Me Who I am: the Living God become a living Man? Do you believe that you can be made whole, not only temporarily repaired, but given the wholeness of eternal life now? If you do, however little — you can. ‘I believe, Lord, help my unbelief, my lack of belief!’ And the Lord said, ‘If you can believe however little — it is possible’.
And the other question was, \’Do you want to be healed?\’ It seems to us such a strange question: who doesn\’t?.. Yes, if it was only a matter of being restored to physical health it would be simple; everyone would say \’yes’. But it is wholeness that is at stake; and wholeness means to become a human being in perfect harmony with God, in harmony with one\’s neighbour, with the created world, restructured inwardly as to be whole.
And this, it is not everyone of us who wishes, because the cost, if we think of it, is great; to accept this wholeness, we must accept a life that would be in the image of the life of Christ: to be among men as He was, with no thought of Himself, ready to accept all humiliation, ready to accept all suffering, all rejection, and humiliate no one, protect oneself against no suffering and reject no one; to receive all brothers without exception as Christ receives us. And who of us can claim that he is worthy of being received, of being recognised by Christ, by God in Him, as His brother or sister?
Let us therefore ask ourselves: Can we answer these two questions? Can I say to the Lord, \’I believe, Lord — help my lack of belief, my inner hesitation born of the experience I have of a broken personality and of a distorted world. Help me believe that wholeness and harmony a r e possible!’
But also, let us ask ourselves whether we are prepared to accept new life, wholeness on God\’s own terms: to remain in this world as Christ lived in it, possessed of sacrificial love, renouncing ourselves, caring only for the other person\’s salvation, and every other person\’s life. If we are, then we turn to God and say, I believe, Lord; I open myself to wholeness: I may not achieve it at once, but I will struggle for it, give all m y life for it, and serve everyone possessed of Thine Own sacrificial love. Amen.