Friday 14 February 2014

The true miracle

Jesus opening the ears and loosing the tongue of the deaf and dumb person in today's gospel, perhaps in the region of the Decapolis as he makes his way to the Sea of Galilee. I remembered, somehow, a beautiful movie I saw years and years ago, a movie about Jesus, with this blind girl who longs to see Jesus and be healed by him, and who, in the end, is gifted with a wonderful healing, a healing of the heart, so that she is so happy, despite the fact that she still cannot see. The true miracle: the healing of hearts. Though in front of the human heart, even God is powerless, weak, a beggar (Benedict XVI). It is the miracle of love, of love given, and accepted. Though there is, somehow, the heart of stone that is plucked out, and replaced with a heart of flesh.

I think of ruptured relationships that drift into hardness, or simply momentary ruptures that are healed with simple acts of forgiveness and acceptance of forgiveness and letting bygones be bygones; and bad habits that we struggle to overcome, because perhaps they are rooted in a thousand little other bad habits and attitudes, a lifestyle; or coldness of heart, indifference, self-centredness; or smallness of heart, a heart that beats for me and mine, my friends, my group, my people... 

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