Friday after the Epiphany
Memorial Feast: Saint Raymond of Penyafort (1175-1275)—Priest, Patron Saint of Canon Lawyers
1 John 5:5-13, Psalm 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20, & Luke 5:12-16
Today's Gospel is extremely short, with only four verses. However, it is powerful. The main character in the narrative has leprosy. As soon as the leper sees Jesus, he falls at His feet and begs Jesus to heal him. Our Lord does not hesitate. He immediately reaches out, touches the man, and says, "I do will it. Be made clean," and instantly, he is healed. Then, Jesus instructs him to go to the priest and make an offering in thanksgiving for his healing.
The news of the miracle Jesus worked spread through the town and territory. As word of His power to heal spread, great crowds of people came to hear Jesus preach. Most likely, many came hoping that He would heal them of their ailments as well.
Friends, what do you wish to be healed? Is it the healing from an illness or infirmity? Do you desire to have the burden of any cross you may be bearing removed, or at least eased?
Our Gospel conveys to us a man who was in a hopeless situation, and he begged Jesus for a miracle. Jesus willed it, and the man became clean before God. Just as leprosy separated this man from his family and community, sin separates us from God. We need to "be made clean." But, how? Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, one of the Sacraments of Healing.
Question of the Day: Will you come to Christ and let Him cleanse you of your sins?
Prayer: Lord, bring me the strength to come to you to be cleansed of my sins. Amen.