Thursday of 5th Week of OT A

Faith Leads to Healing or Healing Leads to Faith

Science is what we can prove with our five senses. A sick person is not sick any more when he can see, taste, hear, touch, and smell normal. This cure of sickness is called fact. What is fact, there is nothing need to be proved or to believe. If someone is healed from sickness and illness without the help of science such as doctor, he is easy to have faith.

If healing is easy to lead a person to have faith, then having faith that leads a person to healing might be very challenged for someone. Many have faith in the Lord, but since they have not received what they ask for in prayer, faith might begin to weaken to the point of divorce. Someone might pray and pray and never receive what he prays for that might make him doubt the presence of God in his life. So, how can faith heal one from sickness and illness?

In today’s Gospel, a Greek woman asked Jesus to heal her daughter who was possessed by demon. What touched Jesus after a short conversation with her when she said, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.” Her strong faith demanded Jesus to respond to her saying, “For saying this, you may go. The demon has gone out of your daughter.” She strongly believed in the words of Jesus without experience with her five senses that  saved her daughter from evil possession.

How is your faith and my faith? Have you and I ever been healed from any illness and sickness that we believed only God healed us of that illness and sickness? Some of us might pray and pray but never received what we prayed for, have we still had faith in the Lord? Persistence in prayer might touch the heart of the Lord, have you and I persisted in our prayers? Is healing leads to faith or faith leads to healing? Would you prefer to have faith in the Lord so to be healed from any illness and sickness? Or would you prefer to have healing from any illness and sickness in order to have faith in the Lord?

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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