Since April 2020, I have been jointly hosting a shared Lectio group on Tuesday evenings. The following are my reflections only, during the prayer session and as I wrote them up. Please see my separate commentary and leaflet for more information about shared Lectio, and here is the whole collection of reflections…
Gospel reading: Luke 4.31–37
Words: without having done him any harm
The unclean demon’s intention was to cause the man harm, throwing him down before the other people in the synagogue. But when Jesus rebuked it/him/them, the demon came out while the man was preserved from harm.
Sometimes with the healing miracles I wonder whether the person healed had actually benefited. Had the lame man lost his livelihood as a beggar? Was the man born blind suddenly overwhelmed with light and colour and images that he couldn’t process and didn’t understand?
But that is my doubt, scepticism, cynicism, pessimism, my own weakness coming out. O Jesus, increase my faith!
Because Jesus is the perfect healer. More perfect than the most steady-handed surgeon cutting a tumour away from healthy tissue without harming it in any way. More perfect than the most skilled psychiatrist guiding a patient through letting go of their deepest neurosis. More perfect than the bravest of fools, whispering in the ear of a megalomaniac ruler that they are but mortal. He sees the true need for healing, of body, mind or spirit.
The perfect healer…
…as we need healing – because perhaps we do need that ‘thorn in the flesh’? (2 Cor 12.1-10)
…and as we let him heal – and we don’t cry ‘Let us alone!’ (v34)