March 28. Healing. Dane did research on the interesting story from the Old Testament of Moses and the bronze serpent. He checked out its connection with the symbol for medicine which is the rod with a snake, related also to the ancient Greek symbol, the rod of Asclepius. He explained, “There is probably a common history. During their time in the desert, because the people disobeyed God again, their punishment was a plague of fiery serpents. When Moses pleaded with God he was told to make a bronze serpent and raise it up on a pole. When they looked at it they would be healed.“ George asked, “So in the gospel where Jesus talks about being raised up he could be referring to this story?”
St Francis. “At the time of Covid-19 were we sufficiently aware that God remains the true healer although he uses the various elements and people of his creation. There is an interesting story told about St Francis who suffered from a very painful eye condition. One treatment to which he submitted required the painful use of fire. Francis addressed Brother Fire and asked it not to hurt him too much, which reportedly was the case.”
Scripture. The people said, “We have sinned because we spoke against the Lord. Pray to the Lord that he take away the serpents. Moses prayed and the Lord said, “Make a fiery serpent and set it up as a sign.” So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it up as a sign and if a serpent bit any man he would look at it and live. Numbers 21:9.
Pope Francis: There is a risk that a single scientific advance will be seen as the only possible lens for viewing a particular aspect of life, society and the world. Researchers who are expert in their own field yet also familiar with the findings of other sciences are in a position to discern and become open to a more comprehensive and integral knowledge. FT204.
Reflect, share, act, pray. Consider and share on your attitudes and beliefs about healing and God’s healing power.