Friday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Friday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

June 26, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Second Book of Kings 25:1-2

Psalm 137

Matthew 8:1-4

 

“Be made clean.”

Leprosy or Hansen’s disease as it is now called was a dreaded disease in the ancient world because it was incurable and highly contagious.  The traditional Jewish law forbids touching lepers (Lev. 5:3) and quarantined lepers from regular society.  The leper, in Jesus’ time, was considered a kind of “dead man walking.”  Additionally, the law specified that a leper had to keep a distance of about six feet from other people, and if the other person was “downwind” from the leper the distance had to be 150 feet.  By touching a leper a “clean” person becomes “unclean.”  Isn’t it remarkable that we are discussing these restrictions from Sacred Scripture as our nation is still in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic?  Or is it?

In the ancient near-eastern world of Jesus no leper would ever have approached an orthodox rabbi.  But because of the faith and trust of the leper in today’s Gospel he approaches Jesus, a rabbi, for help.  He exclaims, “Lord if you wish, you can make me clean.”  Our Lord stretched out His hand and said, “I will do it.  Be made clean.”  In the eyes of the law they have actually switched places; the leper has become clean and Jesus has become unclean.

The leper is healed when Jesus touches him.  In the same way, God touches our lives in so many ways as he reveals the resources he makes available to us.  We do not have to possess an IQ of 120 in order to be Christ’s hands, feet and eyes on earth.  A phone call, an email or a conversation could be God touching us as He points us in the direction who is someone in need.  God touches our everyday lives and it is up to us to respond accordingly.  As we respond to God’s touch in our lives, we bring healing, hope and new life to those who are on their knees so that they are able to stand up straight and find new life in Christ.

Our country and our world have changed dramatically in the past three months.  We are all praying for the end of Coronavirus pandemic and for peace and heling in our communities.  Could it be that that something is the grace, hope and love that God extends to each of us in our churches, our communities and our lives?

One final comment; all of us need healing in so many ways.  When was the last time you went to a medical doctor for healing?  When was the last time you went to confession for spiritual healing?  Remember Jesus’ words to the leper, “I will do it.  Be made clean.”

Question of the Day:  How will you help ease the pain of others in need by reaching out to them with your healing touch?

Prayer:  Almighty God and Father, You are the source of health and healing.  May Your hand rest upon all who are in need of your healing touch.  Amen.

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic as well as for peace in our country and in our world.

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