Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Hilary (315-+368)—Bishop and Doctor of the Church, Patron Saint of Lawyers
1 Samuel 4:1-11, Psalm 44, & Mark 1:40-45
"I do will it. Be made clean."
In today's Gospel narrative, a leper came to Jesus, "…and kneeling down begged Him and said, 'If you wish, you can make me clean.'" What happens next is genuinely astonishing. "Moved with pity; He stretched out His hand, touched the leper, and said to him, 'I do will it. Be made clean.'" Our Lord did not heal the leper from a distance. He physically touched him to cleanse him. This event is depicted in all three synoptic Gospels (Lk. 5-12-16, and Mt. 8:1-4.) Can you imagine the faces of the witnesses to this miraculous healing? Jesus touched one who was "unclean" and made him "clean."
Friends, today, we see and understand how Jesus related to the people of His day. He is available to be touched and to touch. Jesus does not keep Himself isolated from those who need Him the most, which of course, is a great lesson for us. We are called to be the new disciples of Jesus and need to reach out and touch all who are in need, just as He did.
Question of the Day: Are you courageous enough the reach out and touch the members of our society that others will not?
Prayer: "Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom and cured every disease among the people. Alleluia, alleluia."