January 10, 2003
Reading: 1 Jn 5:5-13
day in another town, a man came to Jesus covered with leprosy. On seeing
him he bowed down to the ground, and said, "Lord, if you want to,
you can make me clean."
out his hand, Jesus touched the man and said, "Yes, I want it.
Be clean." In an instant the leprosy left him. Then Jesus instructed
him, "Tell this to no one. But go and show yourself to the priest.
Make an offering for your healing, as Moses prescribed; that should
be a proof to the people."
the news about Jesus spread all the more, and large crowds came to him
to listen and be healed of their sickness. As for Jesus, he would often
withdraw to solitary places and pray.
tentativeness of the leper's request for healing echoes one of the great
questions of humanity. "Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean."
If you wish. What is the deepest heart of the mystery of God? What are
God's deepest intentions towards us? The absurdities and tragedies of
life raise anguished questions: are we, as Shakespeare's King Lear insists,
as flies to the gods, who make fools of us for sport? Is God indifferent
to us? Does God truly care for us? The gift of the revelation of God
in Jesus is God's unambiguous affirmation in him: "Yes, I want
it. Be clean." The mystery of suffering is not removed, but illumined
and made bearable by the witness Jesus, in his life, in his death and
in his rising, gives of the Father's compassion and his passion to heal,
to cleanse, to make whole.
from Bible Diary
2003 and Daily Gospel 2003
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