Categories: HomiliesPublished On: April 5th, 2022Tags: , 321 words9.7 min read
Lifted Up

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Lifted Up

We have understood this symbol – this bronze serpent on the top of a staff – as a symbol of healing. So much so that the medical world also uses this symbol to represent healing. At this time of year, we are reminded how Jesus is lifted up on the cross. And his healing comes to us in many ways and forms. An interesting benefit of the healing given us through Jesus being lift up is how we accept that grace and can then lift up others. Grace given to us is to be freely shared with others. As we share grace we are filled with grace. The cup will run over with grace.

There are many people who desire the healing of the cross. Some do not know how to ask. Others feel they have fallen so far away they cannot possibly be healed. Another group are those who need healing but not just now, maybe later when they feel they need it.

For all three groups, we, who have received healing are called to bring healing. The challenge is to bring healing in the same way we received it. God gives us grace every day if we choose to accept it. Others see our suffering and offer us a ministry of presence. They stand with us but do not presume to have the answers, just love.

The ultimate act of love is Jesus lifted up on the cross. Once we leave church on Palm Sunday we have listened to the Passion of Christ and experienced His suffering and death. Will it be just words because we do not need it right now? Or will it effect a change in your heart.

May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen