Sunday, 21 July 2013

A Healing Moment

"Your Child is Healed, Go in Peace", drawing by
Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2013

I knew I wanted to try to draw this picture from the first time I saw the graphic image in the drawings and photos which are part of my drawing software.  What attracted me immediately was the look of the woman and the posture of the child.  Our Lord is touching the child on the head as He holds the child's limp arm in His other hand.  

After completing this drawing, I almost started to attempt to draw a picture of what I think would have occurred after this healing incident.  I am sure it would show the child on its feet, strong and able-bodied once again with the mother clapping her hands and praising God.  I also think that the child would be holding tightly on to Our Lord's hand as the two of them gazed with love upon one another.  I decided, however, that this was a drawing for another day.  But there is now a clear image of how the drawing should look stored in my memory.

The Gospel reading for this, the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, was taken from Luke 10:38-42 where we find the well-known story of our Lord Jesus visiting the home of his friends in Bethany.  
Icon, "Sts. Martha and Mary with Jesus",
by the hand of Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2012

Mary promptly sat herself down on the floor at the feet of Our Lord as any good disciple would while Martha busied herself with preparing food for the guest.  Sadly, she was not able to do this food preparation simply because this was the way she wanted to serve Jesus, no, she was doing it grudgingly as though it was something she HAD to do.  With this attitude, it didn't take long before her anger at feeling she had to work while others were sitting boiled over and she complained to Our Lord, saying: "Lord do you not care that my sister  has left me to do all the work by myself?  Tell her then to help me."  

The Lord, of course, saw the resentment in Martha's heart based on her feeling that she HAD to do these tasks and so he replied: "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing.  Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her." 

What was the one thing that Martha was missing?  It was the ability to let go of the "must do's", "should have's" and "have to-to-do's" in her life and function, instead, from pure motives.  This is, I think, one of the most difficult things for people, women especially, to do. We are brought up being taught that we must serve -- it is our duty whether we want to or not.  So we do it, but do so very grudgingly and then those bad feelings about what we think we HAVE to do come out so often as misdirected anger at our spouse, our children, our friends.  

How difficult it is to learn to do whatever tasks are set before us as God's loving will for us at that moment in our lives.  Then what needs to be done, will be done and what doesn't need to be done at that moment will wait.  We will then, like Mary, have chosen the better part. 


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ITEMS OF INTEREST -- 

FROM A FRIEND


My friend, Karen, in Vancouver sent this photo of an elegant condo about 7 or 8 blocks
from where she lives.  She said that she liked it so much that she bought one for herself
and one for me!  She has never fibbed to me before so it must be true!!  How exciting
to know that I now have a fancy condo in Vancouver -- perhaps I can spend a few
months there during the winter...that is if I can find some way to pay for the plane fare!

FROM FACEBOOK


Amid all the many birthday greetings for Nelson Mandela last week on Facebook, there was
this graphic from Walk Free.Org.  This organization often has interesting graphic art regarding several important issues, mainly about ending modern day slavery.  It is worth checking out just to see the graphics.  I felt this particular image was one I wanted to save.



Also on Facebook a few days ago were many images posted by eVena, the special prayer
section of CHALICE (Canada).  They are the organization through which I sponsor most of
my precious girls.  In my opinion, they are the absolute best Catholic organization for
sponsoring children -- truly a low-budget, totally dedicated group of people.  Check them
out at http://www.chalice.ca/ 

FROM A WEBSITE:


These words were at the beginning of an article I recently read online about the Catholic view of marriage as a Sacrament.  If only I had known to look for this in a relationship 
back when I was 21...if only...




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SUKI AND SALLIE


Suki has been trying to convince me 
and everyone else that this is her
self portrait which she took, by 
herself, by using the "face-time" 
feature on my iPad.  I know for a fact 
that it came from MS Word clip-art, 
but ever since Suki first saw the
photo, she has claimed it as her own!
Suki allowed me to sleep in until 7:30 this morning!  I am not sure why she did this, but I was grateful.  However, it did little good as I have continued to have sleep episodes off and on throughout the day.  Hopefully, this posting will be completed before I fall asleep again!

But returning to Suki, she has been a reasonably good kitty cat lately.  I always get a bit nervous when she behaves herself for too long as usually a period of good behaviour is followed by a sudden period of misbehaviour!

However, other than claiming to be able to take pictures of herself with my iPad, she is being good.  Of course, perhaps I shouldn't be so quick to doubt her claims of being a photographer as she was able to turn the computer on by herself that night a few years ago when she wanted to get back at me for doing something -- what it was, I don't remember now.  So, maybe, just maybe....  Nope, not possible.  She is smart, but not that smart -- I think!

She hasn't even shown any interest recently in sneaking out into the hallway when I am going in or out of the apartment.  I think this is because even our hallways have been steamy hot during these past days (unlike the apartments, the hallways are not air-conditioned). How lovely it was today to walk out into the hallway and not feel as though you were walking into a sauna.

Of course, she has not liked any of the storms we have had as thunder causes her to run and hide in the closet!  I don't really like these recent storms either as they have been too violent and destructive for many people.  I was grateful that I did not have to go out and push the water off my balcony during the most recent storm -- the rain seemed to be blowing in the opposite direction this time -- thank goodness.

LATER:  I decided to take a break and go to the gym.  Whenever a task starts becoming onerous, I always feel it is time to take a break and do something else for a while.  

Once at the gym and on my bike, I felt much better.  Interestingly, a friend I have made at the gym walked by and seeing me there said, "I thought you would be keeping the Sabbath today!"  I told him that I was.  "On Sundays", I said, "I try to do enjoyable activities that refresh my spirit."  He asked me with surprise, "Do you consider coming to the gym enjoyable?  I consider it more of a task than a pleasure."  "Nope", I replied, "for me it's enjoyable."  

Later, after I had spent about 50 minutes on the bike, was covered in sweat and preparing to continue on to the next phase of my workout, he asked me if I was still enjoying it.  I told him I was enjoying it even more because by now my endorphins ("endogenous morphine") had kicked in.  He told me, with a laugh, that I must have pretty good endorphins!  I thought about his last statement as I continued my workout and said to myself, "thanks, Lord, for those good endorphins!"

Truly, that is how I love to spend my Sundays -- doing that are refresh my spirit and perhaps will be a blessing to others.  Of course, time for the Lord comes first and I love nothing better than being able to receive our Lord, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, in Holy Communion.  That is the absolute best.  Then comes other enjoyable things such as writing this blog posting, visiting with friends in person or on the phone and going to the gym.  These are the things that make my Sundays great.

Otherwise, except for the excessive sleepiness which is continuing in spite of the medication, I am doing fine.  Believe it or not, I am still waiting to hear from one of the specialist involved in my treatment...  It has been a week and a half now since I first began trying to get in touch with them and the problems continue to worsen.  Oh, well, all in God's good time I suppose although I must confess that I do have Our Lady and the saints working overtime in praying for me not to have another bad fall!

Speaking of intercessions, let us pray that we and all our dear ones may know the peace and joy of God in our daily lives.  Amen. 

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