Jesus - doctor for body and soul

Jesus heals the paralyzed man.

Mosaic from the Basilica S. Apollinare Nuovo/Italy/ 6th century
Mosaic from the Basilica S. Apollinare Nuovo/Italy/ 6th century


Jesus Christ was a doctor and healed all people who turned to him for help. All the Gospels bear witness to this with great agreement. Jesus is not only the great doctor for our soul, but also specifically for our body. The stories of his healings show that.

We read an example in Mark 2.

When Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 

When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man: „Son, your sins are forgiven.“

Now some teachers of the law where sitting there, thinking to themselves: Why does this fellow talk like that? He ist blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?

Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them: „Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, Your sins are forgiven, or to say: Get up, take your mat and walk? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins“. 

So he said to the man: „I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home“. He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying: „We have never seen anything like this“. 

This story has had a profound impact on Christianity. It is an important legacy. The doctors at the time called someone "son" when they understood how their medicine worked. The paralyzed is the "son". He experienced the healing of Jesus on himself. He understood. 

Jesus is the savior of all people. He can heal our soul. But he is also the creator. He knows how our body works.

From the beginning, the Church has not only preached, but has taken special care of the sick and poor. The Christians built hospitals to care for people. They have created gardens around the hospitals. So they had everything important to eat and heal right on the doorstep.

They form the basis of Europe's Christian culture. I am deeply grateful to them for that. Unfortunately, we almost forgot about it today.