A man was driving along the highway when
at the side of the road he noticed a red
eagle. He was surprised because that was
not its place. Eagles live in cliffs.
He stopped the car and approached it and
he soon realized what had happened. Someone
must have shot it; since it lost a great
amount of blood it totally lost its sense
of direction. This man happened to be a vet
– “your Father in Heaven takes care even
of the birds in the air”. So he took it home
and gradually started curing it. It took
a long time. But at the end he managed to
heal her completely.
So he decided to bring her back to its natural
habitat. He took her to a nearby mountain
and there he released her.
We are like this bird. We do not have wounded
wings but we have wounded hearts. Too much
sadness. Too much anger. Too much pain. We
have lost too much spirit and so many of
us live a very disoriented life. There are
times when we do not even know what to do
with our own lives.
But Jesus Christ is a doctor, a good doctor.
He can heal.
He wants to heal.
He knows how to heal.
Sometimes He makes use of little children
to nurse us back to health.
“It was one of the worst days of my life
– Brenda Quinn relates. I had just separated
from my husband. I was tired, sick, lonely,
hot, desperate. I made an effort and put
my son on his high chair next to the table
to eat. I put his food in front of him and
he was making a mess… I started opening the
letters … another bill which I could not
afford to pay, because I had no money left.
I could not bear it any more. I put my head
on the table and burst out crying like a
baby. My son looked at me. Probably he had
never seen his mum crying. What did he do?
He took the dummy off his mouth and gave
it to me! I started laughing and crying at
the same time! The effort my child made to
comfort me made a big difference. It gave
me strength to start again…”
The bishop had a hard day. Too many issues
that needed to be dealt with. He did not
feel like presiding another parish Confirmation
but he could not go. To kick off his homily
and involve the confirmation kids more, he
started asking a number of questions, taking
a cue from the readings of the liturgy. “Who
knows what an epistle is? The epistle of
Saint Paul, for example? Let me see, you
tell me…” And he pointed at a girl sitting
in the front row. She blushed, confused and
puzzled … but at last she stammered: “Epistle
is Saint Paul’s wife...” Everyone burst out
laughing and the bishop murmured to himself
“The Lord has His own ways to relieve my
Everything that happens to us is an attempt
on God’s part to heal us…
And make us laugh more.
Give Him a chance.
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