The Blind Bartimaeus.*46They came to Jericho.q And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging.47On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”48And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.”49Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, he is calling you.”50He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.51Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.”52Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.”
As I was walking through the hospital visiting people this verse popped in my head, “Your faith has made you whole.” Wholeness is Holiness. Jesus came to make us whole. Francis Mac Nutt in his book ‘Healing’ writes ” Today, though, we find that psychology has effected a return to the Hebrew view of man: man as a person who is not separated into body and soul, but is a whole individual whose emotions and body very much affect his mind and spirit. Once again we see that our souls not as imprisoned in the body but at home in the body-the resurrection of the body answers our deepest desires. This mean that our view of man today is perhaps closer than ever before to the view of man that Jesus held….The reason we have not prayed for healing in the past (I think he is overstating the point but in the essence he is correct. ) is not because we have lacked the faith. It goes back to this ‘body as enemy’ spirituality that has been with us for more than 1,500 years. But we are now recovering the full proclamation of the Good News, that salvation is for the whole person and that Jesus came to bring us the fullness of life…Hopefully, we are now returning to the biblical view of man, to God’s view of man: that holiness is wholeness.”
Here is a prayer that a priest can say after giving someone the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.
“Lord Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, by the grace of the Holy Spirit cure the weakness of your servant N. Heal his/her sickness and forgive his/her sins; expel all afflictions of mind and body; mercifully restore him/her to Full Health, and enable him/her to resume his/her former duties. For you are Lord for ever and ever.
May you hear Jesus say to you as he said to the blind man, “Go your way, your faith has saved you.” Go your way, your faith has made you Whole.”
Holiness is Wholeness. Jesus came to make us Whole.