Posts tagged “Healing

Sermo Dei: Quinquagesima 2017

Posted on February 28th, 2017

It’s hard to love difficult people. And everywhere we go, we find them. At work. At school. On the road. Sitting behind you, kicking, talking, spilling their drink on you. “A man’s enemies will be those of His own household,” Jesus says. He’s talking about people in our own families who go to war with us because our Christianity is causing problems. But we go to war over so much less, don’t we? It’s hard to love difficult people. And people are difficult because they have difficulties. One person is sick, another has a disability, still another is frightened by something we cannot comprehend. It upsets our plans, disorients our days, disrupts our priorities. And this is all for the good, because our plans…

St. Luke, Physician of the Soul

Posted on October 18th, 2009

Today, my fellow disciples of Jesus, we remember St. Luke. Luke is called an Evangelist, a writer of one of the four Gospels. Besides writing the Gospel that bears his name, Luke also wrote the Acts of the Apostles. These two books make up more than one-third of the New Testament! He traveled with St. Paul on his second missionary journey, and then again with Paul on the journey to Rome. Luke shows a keen interest in the healing miracles of Jesus, which makes sense given his vocation as a physician. Paul in Colossians refers to Luke as “the beloved physician.” The prayer for today calls Luke a “physician of the soul.” That’s the idea I want to consider today: what does it mean…