Apostle John

This was inspired by a Dr. Fun cartoon. Dave Farley, [http://www.ibiblio.org/Dave/drfun.html], is a wonderful source of scientific, frequently rude, and alway funny daily cartoons. This is used with permission.

It is said that St. Luke was a physician, but according to legend, certain healing powers were also ascribed to the Apostle John. We should remember that frequently the healer is also wounded, and during John’s ministry, he found his right hand marked with a horny protuberence. It could be surgically removed, but it would grow right back. Finally, John made the connection that the greater the degree of his affliction, the greater his ability to help those people suffering from melancholia and great sadness. All he had to do was lay his hand upon them. The apocryphal writings tell us that soon, everyone was singing the praises of the antidepressant action of St. John’s wart.

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