No one likes to have their weaknesses on display. I remember a time in 8th grade when Sister got the entire class together and divided them into the “A and B” category. She wasn’t fooling anyone, we immediately called it the “smart & dumb” classes. “Hey Smiley, where’d you land…oh, I’m in the dumb class…how about you….. yeah, I’m in the dumb class too.” The rating system was not perfect as Smiley went on to get an Electrical Engineering degree and design jets for McDonald Douglas. Some of the smart kids ended up living in a cardboard box down by the river.
I think all of us have certain aspects of our life that we’re ashamed of or at least don’t want a bright light shined on the area. We try to dodge that part of us. A wonderful retired priest in our parish shared in a homily that, “you know, I’m getting older…. then pausing to say, no I’m not getting older, I’m old.” He seemed relieved to share that honest assessment. It’s good to admit the truth about ourselves. “ Well you know I’m putting on a couple of pounds…no, I’m actually fat ….. gee, perhaps I’m not as generous as I could be …. no, I’m actually a tightwad.” Admitting our weaknesses, can enable us to get help… mainly from God, but also from others.
Fear can be an obstacle to seeking the truth. “If they know that about me, they won’t love me or respect me… if I go to the doctor to get that pain in my tooth checked out, he may say I need a root canal… the pain in my chest might be a heart attack…” In all of these situations, the truth will set us free…. “either I don’t have cancer or a heart problem…or I do and I can get some help.” Either way, the truth sets us free.
Most fundamentally, God loves me and will care for me even if I’m old, fat, a tightwad, have cancer, or need a root canal. As we make an appointment with the Divine Physician, his truth will set us free. We can get a Holy MRI to clarify the diagnosis and our holy God will take care of the rest. There is nothing outside his power. He cures our physical ills, but more importantly cures our spiritual ills. He will forgive our sins. Remember, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:16-17)
With the Divine Physician, there is no wait and he takes our insurance, and the only co-pay is to ask for his mercy and forgiveness. This is very good news.