I’m one of the last to go to the Doctor or take medicine. I would be embarrassed to tell you how long it’s been since I’ve gone to the Dentist. And recently I found out that paying for a gym membership does nothing for my physical health.
So it may come to no surprise that today when I decided to go to Confession after work and the road to the Church was closed, it was the only excuse I needed to turn around.
But luckily I have a few things in my life that give me the extra push. When I’m complaining all day about a head cold to my wife, she’ll show me the way to the medicine cabinet. My mother-in-law who works for a dentist was just facetiming my 4-year-old to tell him what happens when we don’t brush our teeth, which made me start looking up local dentists. And my brother just called and pointed out that I haven’t been to the gym in two weeks.
In today’s Gospel Jesus poses the question: “Do you want to be well?” Those words rung in my head as I debated turning around or going to Confession, and being that we’re in the home stretch of Lent, that was the extra push I needed to get well.
It’s interesting to me that each time that Jesus heals someone physically, he then tells them to, “go and sin no more.” It’s like he’s saying, that sinning no more will bring you more joy, more peace, and more happiness than the physical healing.
So in these last two weeks of Lent let me give you the extra push to make it to Confession and ask you “Do you want to be well?” and while you’re answering that, I’ll be on the phone with the dentist.
Cory Heimann is the creative director at Likable Art. He studied Theology and Catechetics at Franciscan University of Steubenville. A desire to stir up beauty drives his love for collaborating and creating. His favorite creations are his 3 boys in collaboration with his wife.