Christ Heals Through Us
In our world today, wellness is equivalent to physical health because our world conceives reality as a physical one. During the time of Jesus, physical illness is considered by many as an effect of spiritual infirmity. It is even labeled as a punishment for sin. The old world conceives reality as a spiritual one. “Now you are well again, do not sin any more…” is the prescription given to the sick man whom He has healed.
We often come across the word psychosomatic which is a combination for two Greek words which means soul and body. It refers to a phenomenon, usually a disorder or illness, resulting from the interaction between mind and body. Anxiety or stress or anger produces a dysfunction or structural damage in bodily parts. Psychosomatic disorder may affect almost any part of the body. People with psychological problems develop migraines, ulcers, impotence or skin rashes, even blindness or paralysis.
In many healing episodes, Jesus would forgive the sins of the sick before healing his or her physical sickness. In a way, many of our physical issues result from malfunctions of our spirit. Spiritual awakening may bring about a wide variety of healings. We have to careful though not to equate illness with sinfulness, as the ancient Israelites used to do, considering illness as a punishment from God for some wrongdoing. There is no such direct connection between sin and bodily ailment. Some of the greatest saints have endured agonizing illnesses during their lives whereas some of the worst sinners have enjoyed perfect health during their lives. We can never be certain that a sickness is psychosomatic or an effect of sin. But we can always ask ourselves if our spiritual state has something to do with our medical ailments.
When Jesus tell the leper to show himself to the priest and make an offering for the cleansing as Moses prescribed, He was actually telling him to straighten his relationship with God, that is, to take care of his spiritual state as well. What we should pray and hope for is the spiritual healing of our sicknesses. And such spiritual healing is not necessarily manifested by the cure of our physical problems. Spiritual healing transcends physical suffering. Spiritual healing touches the soul. It brings about inner peace. It also makes us accept the redemptive benefits of physical infirmities.
When we begin to see our own suffering in the light of Christ’ life, we acquire a personal closeness to the Source of all healing. We begin to appreciate that the deeper the pain, the nearer we become to God.