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As members of the Body of Christ, the people of the Roman Catholic community of the Diocese of Gary, diverse but united through Baptism and empowered by the Holy Spirit, nourished by Word and Sacrament, are called to continue the mission of Jesus by being a sign and instrument of God’s kingdom of truth, peace, justice, and love.

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Lenten Reflections

March 26, 2017

1 SM 16:1B, 6-7, 10-13A
EPH 5:8-14
JN 9:1-41

"I only know that I was blind and now I can see" John 9:25

Several years ago, in a film about the life of Christ, Jesus was depicted as possessing large, penetrating eyes. Today, the focus would probably be different. An informed director of a new film on Christ might instead depict him as eager to touch people—people who have lost hold of a guiding hand, people who are restless and searching, searching for meaning in life, searching for identity, searching for fulfillment, searching for acceptance. And it would be a depiction of our Lord who is not at all reluctant to be touched in return. That would be an accurate depiction of the Christ spirit that touches us at the very center of our being.

Interestingly, developmental psychologists and others have been telling us for decades the importance of physical touch, especially an infant's prolonged physical contact with his or her mother. Staff members of mental hospitals are told that shaking a patient's hand, or touching a shoulder or an arm affectionately can go a long way toward healing.

Jesus was constantly in the midst of crowds reaching out to touch and to heal, to comfort, to reassure, and never failing in that connection. We see him raising back to life a sleeping girl by taking her hand (Mk. 5:41). We see him curing a deaf man by laying his hand on him and putting his moist fingers in the man's ears (Mk. 8:23).  We see him stretching out his hand to cure a leper (Mk. 8:23). We see him with little children, reaching out to caress them (Mk. 10:13). 

Reflection questions:

  • When you reach out to share the Rite of Peace are you ever reluctant to take your neighbor’s hand?

  • When you see a person in need, do you think of Jesus and what he would do?

    Reflection by Deacon Malcolm (Mal) Lunsford, Saints Peter and Paul, Merrillville.


26 de Marzo de 2017
1 SM 16: 1B, 6 - 7, 10 - 13A
EPH 5: 8-14
JN 9: 1-41

"Sólo sé que estaba ciego y ahora puedo ver." Juan 9:25

Hace varios años, en una película sobre la vida de Cristo, Jesús es descrito con ojos grandes y penetrantes. Hoy en día, el enfoque probablemente sería diferente. Un director informado de una nueva película sobre Cristo podría en cambio, describirlo como ansioso por tocar a la gente: personas que han perdido el guía, personas inquietas y buscando sentido en la vida, buscando identidad, buscando satisfacción, buscando la aceptación. Sería una representación de nuestro Señor que no le molesta ser tocado a cambio. Eso sería una representación exacta del espíritu de Cristo que nos toca en el centro de nuestro ser.

Curiosamente, los psicólogos del desarrollo y otros nos han dicho durante décadas la importancia del tacto físico, especialmente el contacto físico prolongado de un bebé con su madre. Los empleados de los hospitales psiquiátricos se les dice que agitar la mano de un paciente, o tocar un hombro o un brazo cariñosamente puede ayudaren la curación.

Jesús estaba constantemente en medio de multitudes, tocando y sanando, consolando, tranquilizando y no fallo en esa conexión. Lo vemos resucitando a una niña dormida tomando su mano (Mc 5:41). Lo vemos curando a un sordo poniendo su mano sobre él y poniendo sus dedos húmedos en los oídos del hombre (Mc 8:23). Lo vemos extendiendo su mano para curar al leproso (Mc 8:23). Lo vemos con niños pequeños, extendiendo su mano para acariciarlos (Mc 10:13).

Preguntas de reflexión:

  • Cuando te acercas para compartir el Rito de la Paz, ¿alguna vez le piensas para tomar la mano de tu vecino?
  • Cuando ves a una persona necesitada, ¿piensas en Jesús y en lo que El haría?

Reflexión del Diacono Malcolm (Mal) Lunsford, Santos Pedro y Pablo, Merrillville.


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