04 Mar Humble Healing (2 Kgs 5:13) by Dr. Rich Reich
“But his servants came up and reasoned with him: “My father, if the prophet told you to do something extraordinary, would you not do it? All the more since he told you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?”” ~ 2 Kgs 5:13 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: Naaman, the army commander of the king of Aram, was seeking to be cured of his leprosy; however, he suffered from a condition far worse…his own pride. Naaman was a war hero who had brought victory to Aram and in his prestigious position, he was very wealthy and among the elite. When Naaman swallowed his pride and listened to the prophet Elisha and the advice even of his servants, he was healed. Young women who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy situation often feel embarrassed and afraid to let others know that they are pregnant. They seek abortion, because they want to erase the slate clean without anyone ever knowing. Some women will carry this burdensome secret with them for the rest of their lives without ever being healed. Their pride, or even the pride of their parents who may be pressuring them to get the abortion, is an obstacle to their own healing. When we humble ourselves, we open the door to God and to healing, for the Lord “is stern with the arrogant but to the humble He shows kindness” (1 Pt 5:5). * Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the LIFE Group Devotions and the National LIFE Runners Team. He is married to Erica and lives in Satellite Beach, FL. Full bio.
Faith Challenge: We, as servants of the Lord today, should seek to continue the mission of Naaman’s servants by guiding others to the channels of God’s grace by which they can be healed.
Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, American Family, Vatican, Project Rachel.
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion. LIFE Runners Creed. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Casimir
Faith Quote: “Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.” ~ Blaise Pascal