At a youth conference Mass, I had just knelt down after receiving Holy Eucharist and uttered the prayer, “Lord, who needs Your healing? Show me and give me the courage to pray with whomever it is.”
I looked up and immediately noticed a teenage girl with tears of pain streaming down her cheeks as she limped up the stairs to her seat. Even though she was obviously in excruciating pain, I couldn’t contain my excitement! This was the person with whom I was called to pray!
As soon as the final blessing concluded, I hustled over to the girl and asked if a friend and I could pray with her.
The teen, who was wearing a back brace, shared that her pain came from an ongoing back/sciatic injury. My friend and I prayed in the glorious Name of Jesus for her complete healing and restoration and asked the Holy Spirit to mend her muscles, nerves, tendons.
By the second or third round of prayers, the teen was no longer in pain! She took off her back brace, ran up and down the halls, and touched her toes! To God be the glory!
If this sounds weird, not Catholic, or even impossible, please dive into Scripture and drink deeply of the truth from today’s readings. “Lord, our Lord, how glorious is your name over all the earth! What is man that you should be mindful of him, or the son of man that you should care for him?” (Psalm 8:2ab)
In the grandeur of the universe, we are so minuscule and yet God knows, interacts with, and loves us! We are so small yet so significant to Him that, in His mighty name, visible and invisible healings take place!
Do you recognize them even when they seem small? That which we cannot do is done through Him! And the beauty is that the Lord uses us to be the conduits of His mercy—not for our own glory—but for His glory for the benefit and belief of our communities.