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The power of inner healing

18 Sep 2019, by Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA in Doctrines

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 person with paralysis 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 person with paralysis 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 person with paralysis, “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; Jesus in his act of mercy communicates the amazing power of inner healing. Perfect healing begins from the inside; it begins with reconciliation with oneself, others, and 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 reduced to a mere religion of signs and wonders with little or no emphasis on the Man-God relationship.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe in miracles, and I see them every day. I only want to accentuate in my own little way the fulfillment 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 wander 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 takes 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 o see the priesthood of Christ-loving, forgiving, and healing us in the person of the priest.

I certainly want miracles, but miracles that begin from within.


  • Nneka .E Reply

    Beautifully Written!!

  • Emeka Onye. Reply

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