Tuesday, December 6, 2011

THE WISDOM OF ANASTASIA'S GODFATHER

Anastasia's godfather is one of my favorite priests, Fr.Karl Pung.  In our beautful Diocesan magazing FAITH, he was asked to give his "last" homily.  I have to say, that it overwhelmed me.  It could be a message straight to the heart of his bruised little goddaughter.  I like it so much I'm sharing it here.

Allow the image of the resurrected Christ to guide your healing and sanctification.


In this earthly existence, our being hurt and wounded at some point is a given. No one can escape the various emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual wounds that are inflicted upon us as we walk through our lives. Each of these wounds change who we are. Every wound disrupts the right ordering
of our mind, body and soul; it disrupts our relationships with God, neighbor, self and creation.  In short, each wound leaves its own mark.


The real question that confronts us is how to deal with these wounds. One temptation is to try and handle these wounds on our own. We may try to acknowledge then deny our hurts, wish them away, or to try and numb them with one vice or another. None of these will bring us true healing. These are various ways to cope, some better than others, but they do not heal the soul, mind or body.


For Christians, being healed is first about acceptance and is then about transformation.  Healing is not about returning to what we once were, or forgetting that something happened.  Healing for a Christian is about allowing Christ to transform every aspect of our being into something that no longer causes us pain; something that is loved, gives God glory, and still allows every action or memory to remain a part of who we are. The image that comes to us from Scripture is Jesus’ carrying his own wounds in his resurrected body.


After Jesus’ resurrection, he still has the marks of his crucifixion, but they are transformed. When people look upon his wounds and touch them, these wounds do not cause Jesus pain, but give God glory. That is what we want for ourselves. To be transformed in such a way that all of our hurts no longer hurt, but give God glory. This transformation occurs first by accepting our wounds and pains, and then by inviting
Jesus into them and allowing him to love them and to transform them. Each of our wounds will be with us for eternity, but there will be a day when they too will give glory to God instead of causing us pain.


Let us pray to know the love that Jesus knew that allowed him to trust himself and his wounds into the hands of the Father. Together, let us give God glory and be transformed.

7 comments:

thisjourneyofmylife said...

Very powerful and beautiful message. Thanks!

Mike and Christie said...

Love it!

:)De said...

Yes! beautiful.

MyGirlElena said...

So true!
Beautifully said.

Cléo said...

Thank you for posting Annie. A lot of suffering friends should hear this today, I'm forwarding it...

steph said...

This is beautiful...

Diana said...

Wow! So beautiful, so pure, and so true! Thanks for sharing!