Lord Jesus, thank you for letting me begin this week contemplating your infinite mercy and love for me. I need your healing touch to become the saint you created me to be. I know you want to heal me because you gave me the gift of my faith –: to know and love you and experience the intense joy in following you. Lord, help me to be merciful so that you will be merciful with me.
Lord, I want to be made clean. Touch my heart and heal me with your merciful love.
1. In Need of Healing:
Like the leper in this Gospel, I am in need of healing. He came humbly, as a beggar, having for he had no way of repaying Jesus for such a great act of kindness. But his humility was founded on faith. Confident in the scriptural passage, “Do not reject a suppliant in distress, or turn your face away from the poor” (Sirach 4:4), he insisted reverently. He had no doubt that Jesus could cure him, that Jesus would take interest in an insignificant and anonymous leper. He was asking Our Lord for a miracle, and he knew Jesus would grant it. He also knew that he did not deserve or merit such a gesture of mercy. Even if Jesus refused his plea, he was ready to accept it.
2. Moved with Pity:
Jesus was moved with pity. He stretched out his hand to touch the leper, revealing God the Father’s will in a tender way: “I will do it. Be made clean.” More than by his leprosy, Jesus was moved more by the leper’s humble faith than by his leprosy. The leper’s plea struck at the very core of the mission of the Redeemer. Jesus desires nothing more than to remove sin and its effect in me. Jesus “came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15) and said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). The gesture of charity towards the leper foreshadows Christ’s redemptive death for all mankind, thus enabling St Paul to write, “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person -though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6-8). Jesus wants to reach out to touch my our heart and heal me, too. I believe this to be true. All I need to do is let him, approach him with humility and exercising my faith.
3. Changed Forever:
The encounter with Jesus changed the leper’s life forever. Rather than an encounter with love, it was an encounter of love. Every encounter requires someone’s initiative. Although the leper is the one to approach Jesus, is it not Jesus who first makes himself accessible to him? In the same way, Jesus had initiated the encounter with his first disciples when he walked along the shores of Lake Tiberius, allowing Andrew and John to ask, “Rabbi, where are you staying?” (John 1:38). Lord Jesus, you enter into my life because you want to show me the way to everlasting life with you.change me into your saint forever. Is it not you, kind and gentle Lord, who invites me: “Come to me, all you that are weary and are heavy burden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28)?
Today, I will
imitate God’s merciful love in my own life with everyone with whom I enter into contact with:
family, fellow employees and friends.
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