Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time 2015

The teaching and healing ministry of Jesus challenges America’s continuing efforts to reform its health care system. Above all, people need meaning in life. You see, that’s what healing is all about. In Old English, before Wycliffe and Tyndale and the King James’ version of the Bible in English, there was a loose translation of the gospels in Old English called the “Wessex Gospels,” the West Saxon dialect of Old English. Whenever the word, “Jesus,” which means “God saves,” appeared, the Old English people didn’t create a word that meant that. Instead, they used the word, “Heland.” The “and” part was the Old English equivalent of “ans, antis” in Latin signifying that the word was a gerund, “a verbal noun” (one who does something); and the “Hel” was the Old English equivalent of “whole.” So, “Jesus” was the “One who makes whole.” Has Jesus healed you? Have you let Him make you whole?

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