I have a good friend Damian who is part of the Cor Lumen et Christi Charismatic community based in Chertsey. For years he and his team have been organising Chrism Schools and Miracle Rallies in this country and abroad.
I thought of him and his ministry today when reading the first reading from Acts 3:11-26. John and Peter have just healed the crippled man who begged at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple. Peter explains to the crowd who gather in amazement that they didn’t heal this man. They proclaimed to the crowd who Jesus is and said: “it is the name of Jesus which, through our faith in it, has brought back the strength of this man whom you see here and who is well known to you. It is faith in that name that has restored this man to health, as you can all see.” The healing and the proclamation go hand in hand. Because of this man’s healing Peter and John were able to tell people about Jesus. It is reported that many of those who heard the word believed. “And the number of the men came to about five thousand.”
Damian has written a book; Lord renew your wonders: In it he writes “I do not consider myself to have a healing ministry; rather, I have a call of proclaiming God’s word with healing, signs and wonders. So physical healings alone are not my objective when my team and I minister. While beautiful, unless physical healings move people closer to the Lord, their fruit is limited. I want very healing to prompt a deeper conversion and transformation of life.”
Today let us ask that God may use each of us instruments of healing and proclamation.