Saturday, March 31

Jesus said to the blind man, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

—Mark 10:52

The Greek word most commonly translated as “save” in the New Testament, sozo, can also be translated as “heal.” According to Strong’s Concordance, it means to heal, preserve, save, make whole.

Nothing speaks more highly of God’s desire for healing than the incredible systems of protection and repair within our own bodies. The immune system cures most of the illnesses that attack us. Wounds heal, bones knit together, and tissue repairs itself in miraculous ways we rarely think about unless something goes wrong. At best, doctors and nurses assist God’s healing work, supporting and encouraging human wholeness in every respect.

Healing from a Christian perspective is the process of moving toward wholeness in body, soul and spirit, not just for individuals but for communities as well. Central to God’s model of health and wholeness is not medicine but reconciliation—to God, each other and creation.

—Christine Sine


2012 Lenten Meditations, Episcopal Relief and Development

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