“Whoever has God lacks nothing.” – St. Teresa of Avila
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2 Kings 5:14-15
So Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times, according to the word of the man of God. His flesh became again like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. He returned with his whole retinue to the man of God. On his arrival he stood before him and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel.”
When I got to these two verses in reading from Second Kings, tears welled-up in my eyes.
That’s how I knew these were the lines for my reflection today.
Tears are a sign of the Spirit’s tender interior movement.
Today’s verses involve Naaman who was an army commander for the king of Aram.
Earlier in today’s reading, it says that Naaman was valiant but was also a leper.
On the advice of a girl captured in Israel, the king sent Naaman to Israel to seek the prophet Elisha for a healing. Elisha tells Naaman to wash seven times in the Jordan River.
This angers him as ridiculous, but his servants convince him to do it.
Naaman does and is healed.
That’s when he returns to Elisha in thanksgiving and praise of God.
It seems to be a very common thing for humans to look to God for some miracle.
If it happens, we are overwhelmed with joy.
But, alas, Naaman will still die one day.
What if years later life subjects him to many calamities?
Would he look back and rather that he simply died of his leprosy?
The question is: Do we depend on miracles or positive events to believe that God is good?
In this earthly realm, death and life are weaved into the fabric of all that is.
This is part of the biology of the reality of this existence.
Whether something seemingly good or bad happens, God remains good.
God is Love as the first letter of John states (1 John 4:8).
We are all held in the matrix of Love, if you will.
As St. Paul put it: In God we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).
When we observe our thoughts, allow them to fade, and simply are present, we bask in the glory of life.
Each of us has received the gift of life!
Each of us has eternal life!
Breathe in this gratuitous gift of life.
Accept what is.
You can always work to change a life situation that you don’t like, but do not resist and refuse to accept what is.
That only creates suffering.
No matter the situation, God’s love is always present and never ending.
There is nothing to fear!
Allow this to change you.
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