Posted by: livingscripture | June 28, 2013

Twelfth Friday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“A leper approached, did him homage, and said, ‘Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean’.  He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, ‘I will do it.  Be made clean’.”

(Matthew 8: 2-3)


How should we live this Word? healing lepers

Let us pause a moment on the succession of verbs that render the account alive and help us to grasp better the dynamism of this miraculous cure.  Jesus comes down from the mountain.  Many people follow Him.  A leper approaches Him and kneels before Him and says to Him with strong faith, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean”.  Jesus stretches out His hand, touches him, and says, “Be made clean”.  Immediately, the man is healed.

All these verbs following upon each other express two realities.  Above all, there is the omnipotent will for the good that is proper to Jesus.  Secondarily, there is the strong and trustful faith of the man.  In our own life, it is important that the omnipotent goodness and will to heal that is in the Lord be received by us with a faith that is strong, trusting, and persevering.

Today in my time of contemplation, I shall renew my trust in Jesus, in His goodness, and in His power.  

Lord, I understand more and more that You are all- powerful and want my true good.  Strengthen my faith so that my entire being may know how to open fully to Your power and Your desire for my salvation.  In both the big and little things, give me a simple heart that trusts You even when I do not see the results of my requests immediately. 

The Voice of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta 

If you want to rise to the heavens, you must descend to those who suffer and offer your hand to the poor.


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