Strangers and Foreigners
crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed,
often, the crowds that came to Jesus did not come for salvation;
nor for enlightenment, edification, or spiritual direction.
They came to Jesus because He healed.
They came, not always for their own healing — although many did
— but bearing to Him those they loved to be healed by Him.
Healed! Imagine the scene! The man a moment ago lame,
now walking with the vigor of a youth. The blind — literally in
the blink of an eye — see! The deformed, limbs contorted,
bodies bent and contorted ... in an instant made straight
and whole! The deaf suddenly hear ... and the very first
sound entering their lives are the words of Jesus.
And these things occur before our very eyes!
How quickly we forget the utter goodness and love of God!
We are made well through our supplications — and go our way.
Ten lepers are healed. Only one returns ... and he is a foreigner.
We recover our sight, our bodies, our lives ... and go on as though
nothing had ever been broken — and restored.
were the formerly blind, the erstwhile crippled, the once dead,
the maimed made whole ... when Christ hung on the Cross and simply
"I thirst ..."?
It was a foreigner again, a Roman soldier, one who had sought
nothing from Christ before he nailed Him to the Cross ... who was
moved with pity and dipped a sponge into sour wine to slake His
We think ourselves sons and daughters of the Living God ...
Would that we were so much as foreigners and strangers to
We got what we wanted.
If you are pondering the answering to this question — and do not
realize that the answer is you — then go to Holy Confession
and tell the priest that you do not know Christ ... and ask him
Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal
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