Little Whispers, Tisha Tayag

My Favorite Doctor

First Reading
Colossians 2:6-15

Brothers and sisters:
As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him,
rooted in him and built upon him
and established in the faith as you were taught,
abounding in thanksgiving.
See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy
according to the tradition of men,
according to the elemental powers of the world
and not according to Christ.

For in him dwells the whole fullness of the deity bodily,
and you share in this fullness in him,
who is the head of every principality and power.
In him you were also circumcised
with a circumcision not administered by hand,
by stripping off the carnal body, with the circumcision of Christ.
You were buried with him in baptism,
in which you were also raised with him
through faith in the power of God,
who raised him from the dead.
And even when you were dead in transgressions
and the uncircumcision of your flesh,
he brought you to life along with him,
having forgiven us all our transgressions;
obliterating the bond against us, with its legal claims,
which was opposed to us,
he also removed it from our midst, nailing it to the cross;
despoiling the principalities and the powers,
he made a public spectacle of them,
leading them away in triumph by it.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 145:1B-2, 8-9, 10-11

R.(9) The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.
I will extol you, O my God and King,
and I will bless your name forever and ever.
Every day will I bless you,
and I will praise your name forever and ever.
R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.
The LORD is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and of great kindness.
The LORD is good to all
and compassionate toward all his works.
R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might.
R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.

Gospel
Luke 6:12-19

Jesus departed to the mountain to pray,
and he spent the night in prayer to God.
When day came, he called his disciples to himself,
and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles:
Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew,
James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,
Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus,
Simon who was called a Zealot,
and Judas the son of James,
and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

And he came down with them and stood on a stretch of level ground.
A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people
from all Judea and Jerusalem
and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon
came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases;
and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured.
Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him
because power came forth from him and healed them all.


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“Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him because power came forth from him and healed them all.” (Luke 6: 19)

REFLECTION
Have you ever walked through a crowded mall or street searching for something? The inner need drives you to be extra focused on finding what you are looking for. This is what I feel whenever I search for Jesus in times of sickness: physical or otherwise.

Whenever I am down, I imagine myself to be in a crowd always reaching out to Jesus. Through the years, I made myself believe that like the woman with hemorrhage in the Gospel, just a touch of his cloak would heal me. The crowd from today’s Gospel sought the same thing. They just wanted to be healed. In more ways than one, we all want to be healed may it be physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. The point is we all need a doctor that undoubtedly knows the cure and for me that is Jesus.

Early 2018, I finally found the strength to visit a psychiatrist. I have known for years that I needed to but I was surrounded by words like “You go to Church, you don’t need that!” and I listened to these words more rather than following what I knew I really needed. I was prescribed anti-depressants and sleeping pills, but I felt the need to hide it. However, I soon realized that I am still a human being and that there are so many things that can come into play. So, I took my medication daily and I kept my spiritual life active. By doing this, I feel I was able to power through my illness more rather than allowing judgments and mean words pull me down. He journeyed with me through every breakdown, every episode, every ugly day, and showed me that healing comes in many ways and many forms.

My friends, whatever it is that you are going through I encourage you to book an appointment with my favorite doctor. Through anything that you are experiencing, He will be there. I guarantee it.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, I am walking in a crowd searching for You and longing to be healed by You. From this moment on, I surrender all my pains, whatever that may be and trust that You will heal me. I claim for healing not only for me but also for those who need it most, especially those I hold dear. Amen.

Author

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