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January 8, 2016 (Friday)

St. Gudula
Friday after Epiphany
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1 Jn 5:5-13 • Ps 147

Lk 5:12-16

THE CLEANSING OF A LEPER

12It happened that there was a man full of leprosy in one of the towns where Jesus was; and when he saw Jesus, he fell prostrate, pleaded with him, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” 13Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do will it. Be made clean.” And the leprosy left him immediately. 14Then he ordered him not to tell anyone, but, “Go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.” 15The report about him spread all the more, and great crowds assembled to listen to him and to be cured of their ailments, 16but he would withdraw to deserted places to pray.

I DO WILL IT. BE MADE CLEAN.

At the pleading of the man sick with leprosy, Jesus stretches out his hand and touches him before saying, “I do will it. Be made clean.” Jesus’ words and actions express his willingness to heal the sick. Jesus has power over sickness; at his command the leprosy immediately leaves the man.

In spite of Jesus’ order not to tell anyone about the healing, the healed man cannot contain his joy at being healed; he proclaims the good news of his healing so that many people come to Jesus, not only to be healed but also to listen to him.

Jesus is always ready to reach out to us. All we need to do is to approach him and ask his help. Our well-being is the primary concern of Jesus.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, [then] I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me” (Rv 3:20). Are you ready to open the door of your life to Jesus?

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