Thought of the day
Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday of the Fifth week in Ordinary Time

Saint Augustine (354-430), Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church Sermon on the Psalms, Ps 102[103] : 5-6 ; PL 37, 1319

Friday of the Fifth week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day 

Saint Augustine (354-430), Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church Sermon on the Psalms, Ps 102[103] : 5-6 ; PL 37, 1319

"Jesus took him off by himself away from the crowd. He put his finger into the man's ears"

“The Lord heals all your ills” (Ps 102[103]:3). Never fear, all your ills will healed. You say they are big ones, but the doctor is even greater. For an all-powerful doctor there is no such thing as an incurable sickness. Simply let yourself be cared for, don’t push away his hand, he knows what to do. Don’t be happy only when he acts with gentleness but bear with it, too, when he prunes. Accept the unpleasantness of the cure by thinking of the healing it will bring you. 

Notice all those things, brethren, that people put up with in their physical ills so as to prolong their lives a few days… You, at least, are not suffering for an uncertain result: he who has promised you your health cannot be mistaken. Why is it that doctors are sometimes mistaken? Because they have not created the body they are treating. But God has made your body, God has made your soul. He knows how to recreate what he has created; he knows how to refashion what he has formed. You have only to abandon yourself into his doctor’s hands… Endure his hands, then, O soul that “blesses him and forgets not all his benefits: he heals all your ills” (P2 102[103]:2-3). 

He who had made you never to become sick if you would kept his precepts, will he not heal you? He who made the angels and, in recreating you, will make you equal to the angels: will he not heal you? He who made heaven and earth, will he not heal you after having made you in his image? (Gn 1:26) He will heal you but you must consent to be healed. He heals every sickness perfectly but he does not heal it in spite of himself… Your health is Christ.