The Second Reading from today’s Mass is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Colossians:
Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of all creation.
For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers;
all things were created through him and for him.
He is before all things,
and in him all things hold together.
He is the head of the body, the church.
He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,
that in all things he himself might be preeminent.
For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell,
and through him to reconcile all things for him,
making peace by the blood of his cross
through him, whether those on earth or those in heaven.
Just as the beginning of the Gospel of John (John 1:1-3) states that Jesus is the Word become Man, and was in the Beginning of everything:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be.
…in Colossians Paul states the same thing. Jesus wasn’t just some itinerant preacher or ancient hippie and a great guy who taught nice things about how to get along. The New Testament declares some pretty heavy stuff concerning Christ’s place in the general scheme of things.
Yes, He was and is God. But the New Testament further defines His role in things beyond His primary purpose as humanity’s Redeemer. He is the Word of God, the part of the Divine Trinity through which God the Father enters into all created things and through which all things are created.
If creation was made perfect originally through Him (until Adam’s Fall caused sin and death to enter), then through Him we can be healed of our addictions and afflictions. (Either a divine miraculous healing or an increase in the courage to see a doctor.) Turn to Him who is the Divine Physician and petition Him to heal you of what ails you.
Just be open to hear the still, small voice within guiding you and pointing the way.Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! (Thank you!!)"The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics"