Thursday, the 1st week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 7:00pm during the semester
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - William Carter
Readings for today’s Mass
A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, if you wish, you can make me clean." Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, "I do will it. Be made clean.
One thing to notice is that, while the leper knows Jesus can heal him, he also knows the decision to do so is totally up to Jesus. “If you wish…” the leper said. Recall the Syrophoenician woman who asked that her daughter be freed from a demon, but Jesus' initial response was no. In today's story, there is no hesitation in Jesus' response; he was moved with pity. Maybe this description of leprosy from the Bool of Leviticus will tell you why Jesus was moved with pity. It's from the Law of Moses and deals with the treatment of lepers within, (or moreso, outside of), society. I would hope everyone's heart would also be moved with pity. In the case of this leper, Jesus' response was “Of course I wish it for you.”
What a jolt it must have been for someone of Jesus' day to be diagnosed, or misdiagnosed, with leprosy. It must be akin to my doctor using words like heart disease or cancer and knowing he is talking about my body. To get a label of leper was devastating. What an act of faith and courage for this leper ask for Jesus’ healing touch.
Jesus offers comfort and healing to more than just lepers and people troubled with demons. Is there something you might want to be healed of? Does you body or mind suffer from something you know Jesus can help with? Do you have faith to seek out the one who can heal you? Do you have courage, like the leper, to step out of the crowd and ask to be made whole? Can you find wholeness in the healing touch of Christ? It’s a simple expression of faith: Jesus, if you wish, you can.