Jesus not only confronts illness but he also confronts evil itself, the unclean spirit. The word for devil comes from the ancient Greek word, “diabolos.” It literally means to “tear apart,” according to one of its many meanings. Jesus’ curative and mending powers literally brings together what has been divided by fear and hatred. Our hearts, like our bodies, journey toward a greater wholeness through this healing.
In many ways interfaith dialogue is a way of sharing the healing power of Christ through the transformative relationships between people of different faiths and life convictions. The desire to seek common ground together helps to slowly mend relationships that were once estranged. In this age of religious extremism and violent fundamentalism this healing power of Christ is needed more than ever. The world awaits our testimony.