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6 On another sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught, and there was a man there whose right hand was withered.
17One day, while Jesus was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting nearby (they had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem);
40 As the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various kinds of diseases brought them to Jesus;
38 After leaving the synagogue Jesus entered Simon’s house.
Experiencing, in Christ the healed reality of creation, makes possible the most important lesson about resilience that I have learned through the conflicts of early adolescence:
It is impossible to know, and probably not all that helpful to speculate about, the deep mystery that makes it possible for some people to come through dark circumstances relatively intact while others navigating similar circumstances are unable to find a place of stability, health and strength. Read the rest of this entry »
In this morning’s Gospel from John 5 we read a portion of the story of Jesus healing the man by the pool of Bethzatha who had been lying there sick for thirty-eight years.
Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue in his book Eternal Echoes has written provocatively about the potential for us to become attached to our pain.
Live the gifts you have been given.