ROJoson’s TPORs (Thoughts, Perceptions, Opinions, and Recommendations)
“Curing every disease and illness”
Majority of this week’s Bible Gospel readings are on Jesus’ “curing every disease and illness.”
Mt. 9:18-26; Mt. 9:32-39; Mt. 10:1-7; Mt. 10:7-15
The curing of every disease and illness by Jesus Christ and his apostles and disciples was by supernatural means or what we can call “miracle cures.” The curing done by them defy medical knowledge.
Were all people during the time of Jesus Christ cured of disease and illness when He saw them and when the sick approach Him?
Personally, I don’t think so. However, I still have to search the literature.
One, it is said that the miracle cures done by Jesus during his stint on earth was not done with the goal of curing every people of disease and illness. It was more of sending a message – that He is the God; He has the power to cure disease and illness using supernatural means; etc.
Paul had a problem with his eyesight that God never healed. The Lazarus who was raised from the dead eventually died later. Paul says that he had a thorn in the flesh which he prayed for God to remove over and over again, but God never removed it. Job suffered because God had a whole bigger purpose for him than mere comfort on this planet. And Job’s suffering was not the result of a lack of faith.
Two, I think those who were miraculously cured of their diseases eventually died for one reason or another, either with the recurrence of the same disease or another disease. Lazarus eventually died. All the people or patients cured by Jesus Christ eventually died.
Three, it is said that Jesus Christ did not do miraculous cure because of lack of faith of the people. Mark 6:5 – Jesus could not do great healings because of a lack of faith of the people (see Mk 6:5-6 – “And he could there do no mighty work. . . because of their unbelief”)
Fr. James McTavish, MD, FMVD said: “Jesus did not cure all disease and sickness once and for all.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6027108/
Were there miracle cures occurring after Jesus Christ died?
Personally, I say yes. As a physician and surgeon for the past 40 years or so, I have witnessed Filipino patients who suddenly recovered from the dying stage and whose cancer suddenly disappearing for which I could not offer any sound medical explanation. This occurrence of miraculous cures is rare though.
Second, we know that the ecclesial process of canonization of saints relies on two miracles – stringently verified – as evidence of a saint’s heavenly intercession. Majority of these canonization miracles involve miracle cures.
Will all people with disease and illness be cured if they pray for miraculous cure?
The answer is clearly NO.
We have seen a lot of patients including saints dying despite their prayers for cure.
Second, in the Bible, nowhere is there a passage that says or even implies that God will grant every petition for a miraculous sign.
Third, it is said, that God has a reason if prayers for miraculous cures are not granted.
How often do miracle cures occur?
RARE and miracles don’t happen on schedule.
Should we always pray for a miraculous cure for our disease and illness?
YES, who knows the prayer may end up with a positive outcome. However, only hope and do not expect it to be answered all the time.
How do miraculous cures occur?
If you believe there is a Divine Being to whom you can pray to and/or a saint who can intercede for you, try PRAYERS AND FERVENT PRAYER. THEN HOPE FOR IT TO HAPPEN.
If you are an atheist and even if you are not, if you define and believe miracle as unlikely thing but can happen in this world that cannot be attributed to a specific cause, then RELY ON CHANCE to occur or LUCK.
HOPE FOR IT BUT DO NOT EXPECT IT TO OCCUR MOST OF THE TIME, IF NOT ALL THE TIME. IT’S RARE.
ROJoson’s Other Notes:
I have been praying the rosary whenever I do my daily walking exercises in my village starting circa 2014 (or even earlier). With 3 to 5-km walk, I can recite 5 cycles of rosary.
Sample: For July 12, 2019:
While doing my walking exercise, I pray the rosary in this sequence:
Faith Healing – ROJoson
In this day and age, should people always seek medical treatment from certified physicians or just pray or do both?
If a patient is healed of an incurable disease through prayer and exercise of faith in God, it is considered a miracle. Miraculous healing may still occur nowadays but it is very rare.
All patients with a remediable medical condition should do self-treatment or seek assistance from physicians or medical practitioners rather than just purely rely on prayer and an exercise of faith. They can complement the self-treatment and treatment by physicians or medical practitioners with prayers and exercise of faith though (praying and hoping that they will be successfully healed).