Posted by: livingscripture | February 15, 2015

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, ‘If you wish, you can make me clean.’  Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, ‘I do will it.  Be made clean’.”   

 (Mark 1: 40-41)   

 How should we live this Wordcasting out devils

The power of His saying ‘I do will it.  Be made clean,’ is such as to reveal that in Jesus, who is fully human and fully God, His desire coincides with a power that is the power of good.  In an instant it renews the rotted flesh of the leper.  It shows forth the will to good that coincides with the omnipotence of God, which is infinitely beneficial. This passage throws light on two attitudes: that of the man who pleads and that of Jesus who consents.  The one who asks has a living faith that is the certain and grounded persuasion of the omnipotent will of salvation that is in Jesus Christ. In the Lord and in His prompt response, there is an authority that coincides with the awareness of His own identity.  Jesus knows He has ‘power’, a power that equals love, because He is the Word of God and like the Father in everything.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect that I too can turn to Jesus with renewed faith at every moment and be healed.

Lord, increase my faith.  Let it be true trust in You. 

The Voice of Blaise Pascal 

Jesus Christ said great things in a way so simple that it seems He did not think about it, yet in a way so precise that it is clear He did think about it.  This clarity and this simplicity together are admirable.


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