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January 29th 2012 A.D.

 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Mk1/21-28

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 There is considerable debate about whether the people whom Jesus healed were really possessed by the devil or were mentally disturbed. The debate is utterly beside the point. These individuals were deeply troubled and Jesus healed them. Jesus came to heal both body and soul.

 Most scripture scholars now agree that miracles were an important part of Jesusí ministry and of the memory of that ministry in the early church. We simply cannot abandon them to please those who say miracles are impossible. The precise explanation of how these healings were accomplished is another matter and perhaps one that is also beside the point. Jesus did not work miracles to prove anything. Rather they were signs that Godís healing love is at work in the world.

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  Once upon a time there were some doctors who were discussing whether prayer helped their patients. Does it do any good, they asked, for people to pray for those who are sick? One group said it helps those who pray to feel that theyíre doing something for the sick person. But it really doesnít help the sick person at all. The other group said that they had the impression that prayer really had a positive effect on sick people. The first group said thatís scientifically impossible.

 So they decided to try a ďdouble blindĒ experiment on those who were recover from heart problems. They would have prayers said for some and not for the others to see what happened. The doctors didnít know who was chosen to be prayed for and the subjects of the prayers didnít know either. However a list of first names were given to those who were to do the praying. So neither the prayers or the prayees or the researchers know had been chosen to be the target of prayer.

 What happened?

 Those for whom prayers were said recovered more quickly. See said those who had argued that prayer worked; there are more things under heaven than science dreams of. (This is a true story about research, which is reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine, October 25/1999).

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Those for whom prayers were said recovered more quickly. See said those who had argued that prayer worked; there are more things under heaven than science dreams of. (This is a true story about research, which is reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine, October 25/1999)

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Psalm 95:1-2,6-9

1 O come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
6 O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
7 For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.  O that today you would hearken to his voice!
8 Harden not your hearts, as at Mer'ibah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
9 when your fathers tested me, and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.

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