Monday of 1st Week of Advent A

Healing Goes to the One in Need and to the Intercessor as Well

My first on-call when I studied for chaplain at Spohn Hospital, I was called to visit the little boy who was run over on high way. They rushed the boy to the ER around 9:00PM. His family came in number, and I was with the family the whole time until the doctor came out to announce that they couldn’t save the boy. They tried to save the boy for at least five hours. During this time, I recalled, the mother kept asking me to pray to God to save her boy. I didn’t see the boy when he first came, but it sounded serious ran over. After a few hours, the medical doctor came out and told me that they couldn’t save the boy and asked me as a chaplain to prepare the family before they came out to announce his death to the family.

In today’s Gospel, a centurion approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” Jesus replied, “I will come and cure him.” Why didn’t Jesus go immediately to cure the servant? The centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.” What’s a marvelous faith he had? Just say a word, and my servant will be healed.

Just like that centurion, I asked God to be with the mother and brought healing for her son, but I couldn’t hear anything except the crying of the mother feeling guilty of not watching over him that he got run over by a car. The words of the centurion, “I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof,” an acknowledgement of his sinful nature and unworthy to receive Christ into his house. However, he still strongly believed in Christ’s words that might heal his servant. The centurion went home peacefully, and his servant was healed. Healing does not only come to the one who needs healing, but also, it comes to the one who intercede for it as well. Whenever we ask God for someone’s healing, we are reminded that healing also comes to us as well. Have you and I ever pray for someone’s healing? If yes, have you and I ever received any healing when we pray for someone’s healing? If we haven’t experienced any healing, why not? How is our faith? How is our stage of spiritual being?


Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen

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