Thursday, January 12, 2006

The Cleansing of the Leper

In todays Gospel of Mark 1:40-45, we witness the love of Jesus for those who are sick and wish to be made whole. Just by the very simple act of kneeling at Jesus' feet did the leper receive his request to be clean. Afterwards he went to all he encountered to proclaim the gift he received, even though he was told to not to tell anyone, but to go to the priests for their proof.

In Jesus' own way he wanted the priest to know he has come to heal, for them to understand he has come. It is for their belief that most of what he does and asks of those who are healed to go before them to witness for his testimony. After all it is his Church that was rejecting him at the time.

His healings brought him many people in faith, to be healed of their infirmities. Which it made it difficult for Jesus to move freely to do God's will. How hard it was for him to enter into the many towns he visited to bring God's word and healing touch.

We long for this today too, we would love to be touched deeply by our Lord, to be freed of sin and error, to have our infirmities healed. At the beginning of this Gospel it was pointing to a way to approach Jesus today. By kneeling at his feet in Adoration where he is very present in the Blessed Sacrament. We have been given a way to seek our Lord, to lay ourselves at his feet on a daily basis. What a blessing to know that we can do the same as the leper did, today. God Bless

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