The power of inner healing

The news of the Lord’s return to Capernaum may have so hit the airwaves in the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry in such a manner that it attracted a titanic crowd to him, the mammoth crowd obviously left no option for those four caring friends or relations who brought a paralytic to Jesus than to lower him through the roof. In that act of desperation their expectations became conspicuous, they needed Jesus to lay his hands on the paralytic and make him well again.

Their faces may have been covered with disappointment when the physical healing they sought anxiously was not instantaneous, Jesus rather said to the paralytic; “Son, your sins are forgiven,” still living him in the same dehumanized condition in which he was brought, Mk. 2:5. It was only when this exercise of authority to forgive sin caused a kind of turmoil among a section of the gathered crowd that Jesus said; “I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home. And he stood up and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them.” Mk.2:11-12.

This miracle was certainly not an attempt by Jesus to venture into an agreement with the pharisaic or ancient Jewish credence of sin as the cause of all sicknesses, but to communicate the amazing power of inner healing. Perfect healing begins from the inside, it begins with reconciliation with self, others and with God.

The madness for miracles that has no transforming effects on the soul has become a goal for many Christians, it is in fact a sign of spiritual debility. Christianity is been reduced to a mere religion of signs and wonders with little or no emphasis on Man-God relationship.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe in miracles and I see it every day. I only want to accentuate in my own little way the fulfilment of one of Pauline prophecies; “For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wonder away to myths.” 2 Tim. 4:3-4. That time is here, we all with no exception need inner healing.

As Catholics we believe that the sacrament of reconciliation is an amazing gift of God through which inner healing take place. Through this great treasure of divine mercy we are reconciled to the body of the Church and as well as to the Head of the Church, Christ Jesus. We look beyond the person of the priest to see the priesthood of Christ loving, forgiving and healing us in the person of the priest. I certainly want miracles, but miracles that begins from whitin.


Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA

Joel Okojie is an ordained Catholic Priest in the Order of St. Augustine. He has been a Priest for over a decade. He served as pastor in two different parishes, he was one time Novice Master and a member of the Provincial Council of the province of St. Augustine of Nigeria, and he is currently on a mission in response to the needs of the Church in Canada.

2 comments on “The power of inner healing
  1. Nneka .E says:

    Beautifully Written!!

  2. Emeka Onye. says:

    Powerful! “Inner healing”. Thanks for the insight Padre.

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