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February 12, 2006

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Lorna

hi Hector. Some good thoughts here. (as usual)

one thing though - the OT does have other instances of healings of leprosy - yet they were not done by the Messiah, the son of God. Also the NT speaks of the disciples healing the sick too. In all these instances it is the power of God (as today) so I'm not quite sure what you are saying here.

let's have some more !

Argent

Hector,

I, too, was struck by the Eucharistic prefigurement in this healing. Jesus touched an ritually unclean man, therefore becoming unclean himself...foreshadowing the Cross, Christ taking on the world's brokenness and sin.

In a marvelous way, this miracle shows the Incarnation Mystery...starts unfolding it. God is present among us in our brokenness. He touches us and heals our sick bodies and integrates us to ourselves, bringing wholeness.

I love how we echo this "If you will, you can make me clean" in the Mass: "Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed."

~~Hope you're staying warm. Is it snowing where you are?

Hector

Hi Lorna, you are right that there were healings before, but healings, particularly of lepers, were associated with the coming of the Messiah. From Mark 11:5, " Jesus said to them in reply, "Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them." The footnote for this passage says "Jesus' response is taken from passages of Isaiah (Isaiah 26:19; 29:18-19; 35:5-6; 61:1) that picture the time of salvation as marked by deeds such as those that Jesus is doing." I may be wrong on this, but that is how I understood the healing of lepers.

Hector

Argent, it is also snowing here. Not bad on a sleepy Sunday. It's been a warm winter, so some snow is not that bad...

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