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Posted October 16, 2012
Richard Rohr never fails to impart fresh perspectives. The following overview from the December 19 reflection in Preparing for Christmas is a good example. Fr. Rohr recalls the scripture story of Elizabeth’s miraculous pregnancy (Lk 1:5-25). Noting how often wives of patriarchs failed to conceive, he suggests that barrenness/fertility may be symbolic. Not only that, he writes, but “Maybe all of the healing stories are more about real transformation than medical cures. In discussing scripture stories about lepers, Rohr explains that in Jesus’ time “leprosy” was a broad term applied to people who were seen as physically unacceptable in some way, and therefore excluded from society. He points out that Jesus always touches the “lepers,” becoming ritually unclean himself—an act of solidarity and compassion. In addition, Jesus frequently sends the healed lepers to a new community, allowing them to gain or regain social acceptability, Rohr writes. “That is the healing!” Perhaps barren women and lepers, as well as fertile women and reintegrated lepers, are stand-ins for all of us. “Authentic God encounters make us all spiritually fertile and humanly connected.” Richard Rohr, a priest of the New Mexico Province, is an internationally known teacher who has published numerous recorded talks and books. Preparing for Christmas provides scripture, reflection, and prayer for each day of advent.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.