Genesis 2:18-25 / Mark 7:24-30
Whenever we talk about salvation, there are many aspects to consider.
What do we need to be saved from?
- Saved from the punishment due to our sins?
- Saved from a meaningless life so as to become fully alive?
- Saved from an imminent danger or threat?
Yet the fundamental meaning of salvation in the Bible is the restoration of relationship between God and man.
The relationship was broken when man turned away from God and sinned.
The consequence of which is that man turned against himself, against each other and even against nature.
Jesus the Saviour restores the relationship between God and man, man and his fellow-man, and man with nature.
Jesus came to restore the relationship that we heard about in the 1st reading.
He came to save and heal as we heard in the gospel.
If there is anything that we need from God, it is the need to be saved and healed so that we can turn back to God and also be in union with each other and with nature.