Vicar’s Reflection: The Mystery of Healing. Ordinary Sunday 28, 13 October 2019.
We all get sick at times. Thankfully, our bodies have amazing inbuilt healing abilities. Many complex and powerful processes within us restore and maintain our health. Despite this we sometimes get very sick. Medical science has grown to understand many of these systems and aims to find ways of both assisting our natural inbuilt healing systems and weaken or destroy the pathogens that make us sick and the ways our bodies sometimes let the guard down. The recent measles epidemic has surprised many people. Yet it was almost inevitable as so many people had failed to boost their immunity by being inoculated against measles at a young age. There are other ways we compromise our healing ability, through poor life choices, bad diet, use of drugs, smoking or alcohol. Some diseases are also so powerful and clever at infecting us we don’t have adequate defences. This is the world we live in. We are mortal beings which means our lives in this world must come to an end one day. But God’s purpose in creating life is to form us spiritually for an eternal purpose which to some extent in this life will remain a mystery. When healings occur that cannot be explained according to our human understandings, such as the healing of Naaman and the ten lepers, I believe they are meant as signs, pointing us to God’s longer purpose; signs that God’s purposes will not be defeated by disease, sickness, or death. This gives us hope even when we get sick.