Saturday, May 26, 2012

Daily Office Reflection: The Anonymous Faithful

At the Gloaming, 2011, jfd+
MP: Psalms 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13); Ezekiel 36:22-27; Ephesians 6:10-24; Matthew 9:18-26

Eve of Pentecost: Psalm 33; Exodus 19:3-8a,16-20; 1 Peter 2:4-10

There are three anonymous people in Matthew's Gospel who are gifted healing from Jesus in today's MP reading. A leader of the synagogue has a healing of sorts: the individual comes and begs for a child's healing. This individual, who was part of the societal structure Jesus was working against, came to the one who could help, more than likely becoming alienated from the leadership. On his way to this leader's home, Jesus heals an anonymous woman, whose faith has led her to just touch the fringe of Jesus' garment, and Jesus saying nine simple words that heal her: Take heart daughter, your faith has made you well. And Jesus heals the leader's daughter, who also remains anonymous.

I can't help but wonder if we are the anonymous ones who are healed in miraculous and simple ways all the time. If we, who struggle with our faith, our belief, our actions to be the Body of Christ in the world today, aren't the ones whom Jesus touches. We all, at one point in our lives, may have been the leader, the woman, the daughter, each healed differently...but healed nonetheless.

I also wonder if we, acting as the Body of Christ in the world today, can by our faithful actions, be a pale-mirror-image of that kind of healing to all those anonymous people we, who are anonymous ourselves, might be able to heal because of those actions, based on who we are.

Copyright 2012, The Rev. John F. Dwyer. All Rights Reserved.

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