Richard Wagamese’s books record the difficult, diverse, and complex paths of human beings toward healing from deep emotional wounds. In Keeper’n Me, Garnet Raven seeks his Ojibway identity, learns the teachings of his people, figures out the place and meaning of ritual in his life, and finds the power available to him in symbols, dreams, and metaphors. Garnet’s story incorporates wild moments; but once he establishes his journey with Keeper as his guide, he progresses.

In Indian Horse,* Saul quests for the power that heals the trauma of sexual abuse. He is desperate. His search has stalled. He has no guide. In his distress, Saul wanders into the bush behind his alcoholism treatment center, watches the beavers and the stars, and falls asleep. Sometime in the night when he is half dreaming and half awake, his grandfather and then other figures of his deceased Ojibway family appear to him. By morning, he knows exactly where his search must take him.

In Luke, healing is bound up with teachings—as it is for Garnet Raven—and healing power comes from another person—as it does for Saul. Healing occurs in encounter; the power to heal shared through relationship. Jesus teaches the disciples and all who listen in the midst of his healing. It may seem like healing happens in the moment, but Wagamese reminds us to ask: What kind of difficult, diverse, and complex paths might the sufferers have taken to come to the “level place” where they found healing in the power Jesus had to offer? How might we honor the complex paths toward the healing of our relationship with God?

*Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre, 2012.

How may I honor the duration and sometimes circuitous path of my own healing? In what context might I bring my diseases and unclean spirits to the power of Jesus’ presence?

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Leccionario Semanal
February 11–17, 2019
Resumen de la Escritura

God wants us to be rooted firmly in our faith. Jeremiah contrasts those who put their trust in themselves with those who trust in God. The latter are like healthy trees with deep roots and a constant water supply, never in danger of drying up or dying. The psalmist uses the same image to describe those who meditate on God’s teachings. Thus, as you do these daily readings and reflect on them, you are sinking deep roots into fertile soil. Agricultural imagery is continued in Paul’s letter. Paul describes Jesus Christ risen in the flesh as the first fruit, meaning that he is the first of many who will be resurrected. In Luke’s version of the Beatitudes, worldly success is not necessarily an indication of God’s blessing.

Preguntas para la reflexión

Read Jeremiah 17:5-10. Examine your heart. Do you place your trust in “mere mortals” or in the Lord?
Read Psalm 1. How do you seek to meditate on God’s word day and night?
Read 1 Corinthians 15:12-20. How has your understanding of the resurrection of the dead changed your living?
Read Luke 6:17-26. How do you hold together the paradoxes of Jesus’ blessings and woes?

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