Posted by: livingscripture | January 10, 2014

Friday after Epiphany

From the Word of the Day

I will do it.  Be made clean.”

                                                                                              (Luke 5: 13)          

 

How should we live this Word? casting out demons 3

A poor leper throws himself at Jesus’ feet with much courage and begs to be healed.  Jesus in turn, overcoming the customs of His times, touches the sick man and says resolutely, “I will do it.  Be made clean.”  Two wills meet to conquer evil; imploring faith reaches out to meet the merciful love of God.

The leper takes the opportunity to come close to God and that contact restores his health.  This scene can become the symbol of our human reality.  Every time we sinners encounter Jesus with faith and invoke Him to free us from sin, He tells us, “I will do it.  Be made clean.”  He gives us the possibility of taking up again the journey of joy and communion with others.  To believe is to abandon oneself in the arms of a Father who is infinite tenderness that never disappoints.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will rest in God’s arms and let His tenderness overflow into me.

Lord, grant that I may always sense Your love as Father and ‘doctor’ of my soul 

The voice of Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo, Saintly Franciscan Tertiary 

The heart of Jesus is the doctor of human infirmity.  Those who go to Him are healed, raised again to the height of their nobility, and their very misery changes into good and into merit.

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