Religion from the Gut

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jesus-cures-leper“If you want to, you can heal me.”  “Of course I want to.  Be healed!”

Jesus is traveling down the dusty road with his band of disciples on their way to the next city on their preaching itinerary.  Far off, a voice can be heard crying, “Unclean! Unclean!”  The disciples and Jesus continue on their journey, a crowd of curious and faithful surrounding them – eager to hear what Jesus would say, see what he would do next.  Again, only closer and louder, the voice pierces through the almost chaotic gaggle encircling Jesus, “Unclean! Unclean!”  A man comes in view, his clothes disheveled, his right hand covering his mouth.  “Unclean! Unclean!”  The crowd parts as if the Red Sea before Moses, and the man walks up and kneels before Jesus, begging, “If you want to you can heal me.”  Without thinking, responding straight from his gut, Jesus grabs the man…

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Jesus and the Television Healing Evangelist

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Epiphany-6-Icon-Jesus-Healing-Peters-mother-in-law“preaching the good news and expelling demons”

Occasionally, as I am surfing through the TV channels, I pause a few minutes to watch a well known healing evangelist.  He seems like a nice enough guy.  There have been some reports that he makes too much money and that some of his claimed miracles are not genuine.  I don’t know about all that.  I do enjoy listening to the singing and watching the people.  They close their eyes and many start to cry.  When someone is brought to the stage to report a healing the entire audience shouts and applauds.  I once saw a group of nuns on the stage.  The healer prayed for “these sweet sisters” and they fell, almost gracefully, to the stage floor.

I am not excessively cynical of such shows.  I myself have participated in Healing Masses, laying hands on the sick.  I hope some of the…

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