There is a beautiful little anecdote in the life of St Mother Teresa of Kolkotta, probably, known to many of us.
As Mother was cleaning the wounds of a leper, a man observed her.
The sight of the leprous wounds and the horrible stench caused that man to exclaim with disgust, “I wouldn’t do that for a million dollars!”
In reply, the saintly mother replied:
“Neither would I!
But I would gladly do it for Jesus!”
The love for the Lord and imitation of His descending love, prompted Mother Teresa to reach out her hands, even to the worst sores and the filthiest wounds!
>> Divine Love manifests its great power and reveals its glorious splendour, when it descends to even touch the lowliest, the least and the lost!
The Gospel of the Day is a wonderful presentation of Jesus, who was willing to lower to an extent, even to “dirty Himself” in order to touch human lives!
This incident of healing the ‘man who was deaf and had a speech impediment’ is very unique in the fact of the manner in which the miracle was performed.
The Book of Genesis (Chapter 1) testifies to the fact that God created the entire world with His Word!
> God doesn’t need a particular or a fixed procedure to work a miracle or a wonder
> God doesn’t comply to human understandings of causing a divine phenomenon.
Perhaps, here is a reminder for us, in our prayer patterns…
>> In my prayers, do I also make my requests in such a way that I end up even commanding how and when God should answer the prayer?
>> In my intercessions to the Lord, do I act as “God” and even order God the style and manner in which He has to answer our prayers?
Keeping in tune with this principle of “God as His own unique styles and patterns”, Jesus, the Word performs a strange pattern in bringing about the healing.
The Gospel says, “taking him (the man who was deaf and with impediment in speech) aside, from the multitude privately, Jesus put His fingers into His ears, and He spat and touched His tongue, and looking up to heaven, He sighed…” (Mk 7: 33)
Here is a highly “unclean and unhygienic” style of healing…
>> Putting fingers into the ears…
>> Spitting onto the hands or the finger..
>> Touching the tongue..
Well sounds quite disgusting, right?
(Even while reading this account, some of us might, perhaps, have a “Gosh! So horrible” feeling!)
But let’s be prepared to face this grand reality….
~~ This is our God!
~~ This is our Saviour Lord!
>> In Jesus, we celebrate a God who is willing to heal even our most painful wounds and cleanse our most sinful sores!
>> In Jesus, we cherish a God who lowers Himself even to the extent of dirtying His hands to purify and refine us!
Am I willing and ready to allow this Daring God, who would go to any extent..
> to win us back to Him
> to bring a wholesome healing in us
… to touch our hidden wounds, our shameful sores and our filthy sinful lives?
This is also a challenge and a call, to us Christians, to imitate our Blessed Lord in lowering ourselves…
… to reach out to the needy and the wanting
… to touch the hearts of the unclean and the corrupt
The beautiful quote of Blaise Pascal says, “The heart has its reason, which reasons know nothing”
Humanly speaking, it might be too unreasonable to enter into the portals of dirt and slimes in the lives of people.
>> But our Blessed Lord challenges us to imitate Him and offers His Heart of Love to be the “thumb rule” and the basic reason to reach out to all!
Are we prepared to “dirty” our lives in order to extend the charity and mercy of God to all…
…and thus, as in the title of the book on Blessed Mother Teresa, make our lives, “Something beautiful for God”
God Bless! Live Jesus!
*Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS)* – “We must never undervalue any person. The workman loves not that his work should be despised in his presence.
>> Now God is present everywhere, and every person is His work.”