We Can All Be Healers

A Reflection by Sister Rita Lynch, MHSH

The Gospel for the Fifth Sunday in Lent (John 11:1-45) involves many people besides Lazarus and Jesus. The family of Lazarus sends for Jesus and are saddened that He didn’t arrive in time; Lazarus dies.

Friends support the family but wonder why this has happened. Jesus healed others. Why didn’t he heal this one whom He obviously loved. The disciples fluctuate between wanting to be with Jesus and yet fearing where he is taking them.

Jesus asks family and friends where Lazarus is and they say, “Come and see.” They take Jesus to the tomb.

Is someone in our family, or among our friends, or in our community entombed because of some addiction, because of some emotional, physical or spiritual disease? Will we, like the family and friends of Lazarus, take Jesus to this person? Will we believe or doubt that Jesus can heal them?

depressed & down person 09 man in shadow_largeHow will we respond to Jesus’ direction, “Untie him and let him go?”

Jesus calls us to be a community of healers. Together with Jesus we can heal a broken person, a broken family, a broken world.

depressed & down person 08 woman & friend_largeAs we reflect upon and respond to the call of Jesus, we may find it helpful to listen to the hymn “We Need Each Other” by Carey Landry on his CD, “O Healing Light of Christ.”


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