Friday After Epiphany
Malvern Minute

 

Friday After Epiphany

January 10, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

First Letter of Saint John 5:5-13

Psalm 147

Luke 5:12-16

Today we hear the story of the cleansing of the leaper.  Did you know that Jewish law actually forbade anyone from touching or even approaching a leper?  If a Jew did, something called “ritual defilement” would occur.  But the leper who met Jesus in today’s Gospel did something quite remarkable.  He approached Jesus confidently yet humbly, and pleaded to be made clean.  “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”  Normally, at this point, a leaper would be stoned or at the very least cast out of the community if he/she tried to come near a rabbi for healing.  Jesus not only grants the man his request, but demonstrates the personal love, compassion, and tenderness of God in His physical touch.  He touched the man and made him clean; not only physically but spiritually as well.

Eleven centuries later, a man named Francis met a leper on the road as he journeyed toward his home in Assisi.  Francis kissed the man’s hand and placed money into it.  Francis did what he thought was right because he was filled with the love and compassion of Christ.

For all of us, the Holy Spirit inflames our hearts with the love of Christ that we may reach out to others with compassionate care, especially to those who have been rejected or mistreated.  The love of God allows us to love the unlovable, to touch the untouchable, and to forgive the unforgiveable.

Sisters and brothers, the gift of healing is available to all of us as well.  It is, of course, through the gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Here we must come humbly, as the leaper did, to confess the sickness of our sins.  We must come, as the leaper did, begging for mercy and forgiveness.  Jesus will then touch us with His love and compassion and we will be instantly healed.  Only then will the evidence of this healing be made evident.  Our lives will be changed into following our Risen Lord and living our lives for Him.  “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean!”  Jesus will always answer, “I do will it!”  Thank you Lord, thank you.

Question of the Day:  Will you come humbly to Jesus asking to be made clean?

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may I never refuse your mercy.  Forgive my many abuses of your divine grace.  Cleanse me of my weaknesses and allow me to always walk in Your light.

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