Saturday, February 25, 2012

The covenant

First Sunday of Lent, cycle B

Have we ever had a covenant with God?  Yes, we did, when we were baptized.  That water that caused us to die to ourselves now causes us to live in God.  We are now God's children.  Could we remember our covenant with God?

The covenant is the one giving us life.  Only God can cause us to live.  Covenant is life.  Have we ever seriously thought about our covenant?

Second point, after Jesus stayed in the desert, where he thought about his covenant with the Father, he now preached the forgiveness of sins and repentance.  Notice the matter coming out of his mouth.  Notice also the core of the covenant.  Our response to God entails that we repent (turn away from evil), and believe in the good news.  These are the guiding posts of our lives.

If we are fully convinced that having a covenant with God would cause us to live, then we shall not aim for baser things.  God alone suffices.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Wholeness

Dictionaries define "wellness" as a quality or a state of being healthy in mind and body.

With this kind of definition, we begin  to deny the state of health of a soul which in turn brings sickness to the body and the mind.  For without God, we cannot afford to remain healthy.

Leprosy is a sure state of being sick.  But in it also contains the sickness of the spirit and the sickness of the community that ostracizes the sick.  A person who is sick with leprosy suffers the loss of his friends.  Worse, he is separated from the society itself.  When we sin, we suffer the loss of a community.

Leprosy is marked by the death of the senses.  Through sin, we also lose the sense of the Divine; we become callous to God.

Let us learn from Jesus.  When he heals, he heals the whole person; that is why "wholeness" is a lot better.  We see the entire state of health of the person, bodily, mentally, and spiritually.  And we cannot deny Jesus of the opportunity to heal us.

Jesus cures the social and individual leprosy.  His touch connects the person back to the fold.  The person who repents is embraced by the whole community.

Jesus wants us to be healed.   Moses' procedure for the leper is only palliative and superficial.  It doesn't really solve the problem.  Tell me if our solutions are merely palliative and not wholistic.

Third, Jesus brings our sensitivities back, especially our sensitivity to God and one another.  We can finally feel one another, and in feeling, help one another.  Jesus unites us more than we can unite ourselves.