Posted by: livingscripture | January 14, 2010

First Thursday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 

Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched the leper, and said to him, “I do will it.  Be made clean.”

                                              Mark 1: 41

 

How should we live this Word

 In Jesus’ time, leprosy was an illness that considered the victim ‘dead’, abandoned by God and by humans.  The afflicted person had no rights before the law.  Notwithstanding this, the leper went to Jesus, thus showing great trust and humility.  “If you wish, you can make me clean.”  Certainly Jesus wanted to.  He came in our midst to purify us and to give us the right to enter God’s Kingdom.  In fact, Jesus touched him and said, “Be made clean.” 

 God’ compassionate love is like an immense river that descends everywhere to embrace all without exception.  “Come to me all you who are tired and oppressed and I will give you rest.” (Mt. 11, 29)  Jesus touched the leper and he was purified at that moment.  He became a new man with the right to be reinstated into society, after the proper ritual. 

 Even today, Jesus is with us to free us from moral and spiritual leprosy.  We must want to be purified and we must have the humility to ask for it.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will take to heart the words of the Cure of Ars: “The good God knows everything before we confess it.  He knows you will sin again and yet He forgives you.  How great is the love of our God that causes Him to voluntarily forget the future so as to forgive us.”

 Lord, arouse in my heart and in my whole being gratitude and joy for the new life that You offer me each day.  Grant that I may be a sign of hope for others.

 The voice of Julian of Norwich, mystic

 From creation, humans are one with Christ.  This unity implies a ‘protection’ that has the very efficacy of divine love.  All will be well, and all things will be well in the end.


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