Yesterday we explored the story of a person who had been ill for 38 years. Jesus asks him a question: "Do you want to be whole?”
Seems odd or harsh, doesn't it? But this isn’t blaming the victim. Jesus is asking a deeper question - a wider perspective.
The ministry of Jesus was about a movement from 'bondage' to 'freedom.' Our wounds are part of our experience. How we deal with them matters. Are they a gateway to something more?
Here's a quote on the purpose of wounds from John O'Donohue in his book "Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong."
"There is perhaps a moment in every life that something dark comes along. If we are not very careful to recognize its life-damaging potential before it grips us, it can hold us for the rest of our lives. We can become addicted to that wound and use it forever as an identity card. We can turn that wound into sorrow and forsakenness, a prison, of crippled identity. It is difficult to be objective and gracious about your wounds because they can hurt and weep for years. Yet wounds are not sent to make us small and frightened; they are sent to open us up and to help graciousness, compassion, and beauty to root within us. Wounds offer us unique gifts, but they demand a severe apprenticeship before the door of blessing opens."