Jesus free us from the power of darkness
“Jesus is with us today and forever to heal us and to liberate us from the power of darkness. Jesus comes to our lives through the sacrament of the Eucharist. Let us open ourselves to his power and be healed.”, so said Fr. Dominic Santhiyagu as part of his homily during the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima on 13 May”.
Fr. Dominic, the parish priest of City Parish,Penang, was celebrating a healing Mass on occasion of the Feast at the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows. It was also an Eucharistic Celebration to pray for families.
In his homily, Fr Dominic informed that there are two kinds of healing: physical and spiritual, and whatever it is, we need healing all the time.
“Jesus’ ministry was centred on the ministry of healing and the liberation of people from the power of darkness.”
He proceeded to give some examples of healings in the scriptures and said that Jesus’ healing works continued today as Jesus is the same Lord who heals all of us. (Hebrews 13:8: Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever!).
Healing takes place through two steps – conversion and faith, he told the attentive congregation of about 200.
He refer to the first reading ( Acts 9:1-20) where he said we heard of the conversion ofSt Paul.St Paulwas healed of his spiritual blindness after an encounter with Jesus on the road toDamascus. Likewise, he said if we seek Jesus out and ask for his forgiveness, we would be healed too.
“We do this through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.” he said. “The second step – through faith, you just have to believe in Jesus. When Jesus said he is giving his flesh and blood as food and drink, as you heard in the Gospel (John 6:52-59), some of his followers were shocked, argued among one another and left him while the 12 stayed with him, as they have faith in him. Peter had answered ‘You have the message of eternal life.’ We should have faith in Jesus as he brings us the message of eternal life”.
After his homily, Fr. Dominic said a general healing blessing prayer for all, then later on individuals who were sick, came out one by one, to be personally prayed over by him.
Fr. Dominic also said a prayer for families and bless candles that were then given to the head of each family.
(published in Herald of 29 May 2011)