Buenos Diaz in Palermo Italy.
- I was attracted by a flyer which stated that a certain spirit filled Evangelist would soon be visiting Shivaji Park, Mumbai, to hold discourses on Life in the Spirit. This happened many years ago. I had to ask THS if it would be alright for me to attend and the answer was yes provided I would not try to get on stage and speak. Anyway it would have been be a novelty for me. (Speaking on stage even if they had allowed me to do so, would have lead to clash of ‘ideologies’ involving THS which is why he did not want me to).
- So I got to standing on the outskirts of the park because getting close to center stage was next to impossible. It was packed. Whilst I was there standing there on the outskirts and taking in the beautiful hymns that were being sung by a choir, I noticed 3 women praying around a man with crutches. I walked a little closer to observe better and hardly had they finished praying, they began crying out In loud voices saying ‘In Jesus’ name walk, In Jesus’ name walk. And then suddenly they grabbed hold of the man one on either side of the man and one behind him and started propelling him around forcing him to walk. The poor guy lost his sandals and his crutches in the process as they held him tightly. I said to myself Gosh, what are they doing to this poor fellow, anyway I did not barge in or say a word. I could see the bewilderment and pain written on his face and could not help but feel sorry for him. After about five mins of haranguang him they returned to the place they had started and put him back into crutches. They then walked away and in the distance I saw them gather around another victim? It was embarrassing for THS. If THS does not want to heal, he will not heal. Respect his choice of healing. Do not forget that THS is GOD! Is God under your command or are you under his?. I am not saying miracles do not happen; they do. It will however depend on THS and not on you to perform miracle.
What could have been said should have been something like this:” Dear Holy Spirit, If it is your desire this man be healed in the name of Jesus Please do so”. If the person does not get healed, respect his desires.
3.I have made a couple of trips to Palermo in Sicily. Quite a few of were healed there just compliments of THS (Our Stevie theme was very much evident in the background ). On one such trip owing to the nature of the terrain, I could see a terraced or stepped road uphill with about five people moving about or just standing with the help of crutches’ at the different terraced levels of that street. I wondered how there could be so many lame on just that one street and in Europe for that matter. Anyway I was saying to myself surely THS is going to heal at least one of them. I walked past them up the street and at the top end of it turned around into another street .Not a single one of those five were healed. What happened? I do not know. THS does not chat as you would when walking with a friend. He hardly talks.
4. In Mk:6:5,6 let us recall:
And Jesus could do no miracles there except that he laid his hands upon a few sick people there and healed them. (Why no miracles there?) You can deduce right here it is only because THS who calls the shots.(Ever wondered why JC does not appear to every person in the world and convert him to his fold?Again it is because it is THS who decides on this aspect of our Faith. Difficult to understand this? Well it has something to do with power can corrupt. Anyway Who can understand the mind of God but God. If he prefers several folds to one fold and one shepherd who are we to question?
I walk down a street with at least five men on crutches and not one of them gets healed and then on a lonely narrow side street with just one little maimed girl of around seven or eight years (who must be about 26 by now), He looks hard at her and says “ Buenos Diaz senorita” and she is healed. (Why not bonjourno instead of Buenos Diaz? I don’t know but THS did say she could understand Italian as well as Spanish and therefore knew the one that healed her was a foreigner) I could well imagine the surprise of her parents when she got home and her folk quizzing her to find out how a slightly lame girl (without crutches) got healed. A miracle yes but how and who was there to tell them . I did not follow although I did notice she was walking towards a nearby tenement. It’s not allowed for me to do so.
5.In the passing, my wife died of cancer 10 years ago. A miracle was requested and it was not given although I begged and even cried for one.
The reason? It will keep. It’s like that. In Life in the Spirit, you eat what is put on your plate. You do not complain.
6. If you are a catholic then the following is for you.
One does get bored doing the same task and living in the same home months on end, so once a year at vacation time, one wants to go abroad to get back refreshed. Think of visiting a Pentecostal meeting like it is vacation time for a change and catch up with THS. We used to have such life in the spirit meetings in Bandra and “they” doused it. I wonder why?
Bye and take care,