Posted by: livingscripture | June 26, 2015

Twelfth Friday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“And then 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.’  His leprosy was cleansed immediately.  Then Jesus said to him,  ‘See that you tell no one, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.”     (Matthew 8: 1-4)

How should we live this Wordhealing lepers

 The stupendous miracle of the cure of a leper is the passage of today’s Gospel.  In order to understand all the importance of this gesture worked by Jesus in regard to this poor leper who is touched by Him, it is enough to cite a passage from Leviticus: “the Leper who has wounds will wear torn clothes, with his head uncovered, and veiled to his upper lip.  He will go along crying out, ‘Impure! Impure!’  He will be impure as long as he is sick.  He is impure.  He will remain alone and live outside the camp’ (Cf. Leviticus 13: 45-46).

Therefore, the leper is one impure, struck by God and by others.  He is the cause of impurity for those who meet him and is forced to live outside of society.  He is no longer a man like others but is reduced to a human larva cast out by everyone.  It is in this context that the Gospel account acquires special meaning.  Jesus touches one who is untouchable!  The Kingdom of God inaugurated by Jesus does not consider barriers of pure and impure.  It goes beyond!  There no longer exist people to welcome and people to throw away.

Before the faith-filled, humble plea of that unhappy man prostrate before Him, enclosed in that, “If you wish, you can make me clean”, what comes to the fore is the condescending response of the Savior: “I do will it.  Be made clean”.  And He touched him!

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder this scene and ask Jesus to help me to be willing to ‘touch’ the neediest by opening my heart to them and doing all I can for them.

Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me a sinner.  Just say one word and touch me, and I will be healed from all my leprosy!

 The Voice of Common Preface VIII of the Liturgy

In His mortal life, Christ Your servant and our Redeemer, passed by blessing and healing those who were imprisoned by evil.  Even today, as the Good Samaritan, He comes close to every person burdened in body and spirit and pours on their wounds the oil of consolation and the wine of hope.  Because of this gift of Your grace, even the night of suffering opens onto the Easter light of Your Crucified and Risen Son.

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