Healing A Leper

Extract
Patient with severe leprosy

Jesus cured a man with leprosy“While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came to him who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he bowed down with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” So He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “… be clean!” and immediately the leprosy left him”. (Luke 5: 12-16)

Thought

Leprosy was an incurable disease in Jesus’ time and, because it was believed to be contagious, people avoided touching anyone who was even thought to be in contact with those who had the disease. Jesus however, was compassionate, he first touched the man and then cured him.

Reflection

Is my sin a kind of leprosy? Lord, with the same strong faith as the Leper, I ask you to touch me and cleanse me. Thank you, Jesus.

Prayer: Who is Jesus to me? (Mother Teresa)

Jesus is the Word made Flesh.
Jesus is the Bread of Life.
Jesus is the Victim offered for our sins on the Cross.
Jesus is the Sacrifice at Holy Mass for the sins of the world and mine.

Jesus is the Life – to be loved.
Jesus is the Joy – to be shared.
Jesus is the Hungry – to be fed.
Jesus is the Thirsty – to be satiated.
Jesus is the Naked – to be clothed.
Jesus is the Homeless – to be taken in.
Jesus is the Sick – to be healed.
Jesus is the Lonely – to be loved.
Jesus is the Unwanted – to be wanted.
Jesus is the Leper – to wash his wounds.
Jesus is the Beggar – to give him a smile.
Jesus is the Drunkard – to listen to him.
Jesus is the Little One – to embrace him.
Jesus is the Drug Addict – to befriend him.
Jesus is the Prostitute – to remove from danger.
Jesus is the Prisoner – to be visited.
Jesus is the Old – to be served.
Jesus is my Everything. Amen.