Daily Reflection for Friday, June 25, 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners!
We encourage you to reflect on Friday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Genesis 17:1, 9-10, 15-22
Responsorial: Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
Gospel: Matthew 8:1-4
Our reflection on Friday’s readings:
“Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean." (Matthew 8:2)
We all have “leprosy” of some form. Our basic human nature tends to prevent us from remaining “clean” for long. We sin and are in need of cleansing.
These sinful conditions separate us from those we love. They can also separate us from those we do not even know yet. In the time of this Gospel, Leprosy was a skin condition that was thought to be very contagious and there were both civil and religious laws around how to treat someone with leprosy. Isolation was a big part of the life of anyone with this condition. They were separated physically to prevent infection, they were separated socially as they had to live apart from community, and they were separated spiritually as they could not attend worship. In the Jewish law, a person had to visit with a priest to get verification of cleansing and permission to reenter society.
Jesus chose to meet this man; the unclean, outcast, and isolated person he was, in spite of the big crowd that followed him down the mountain. He chose to be present. He came for us all, as individual people in need of His love. How do I share that love with others? Am I open to the stranger, outcast, or unwanted members in my world?
The leper showed great humility and addressed Jesus as Lord. Can I bring my issues before God with the same humility and acceptance of His answer to my query? Or am I too assured that I already know the answer? Fearful that I might be rejected?
Then, am I able to say, “thank you, Lord” and receive the gifts He wants to bestow on me? Can I remain silent and express my gratitude to the giver of the gift in my heart? Can I take the gift and use it to touch others in need of Jesus in their lives?
Jesus, if you wish, you can make me clean.
In Heartfelt Joy,