Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 5,12-16
It 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.”
Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do will it. Be made clean.” And the leprosy left him immediately.
Then 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.”
The report about him spread all the more, and great crowds assembled to listen to him and to be cured of their ailments,
but he would withdraw to deserted places to pray.
The leprosy left him immediately
1 Covered with leprosy. Today, it can be you and I who have wounds that cover our lives, wounds that do not allow us to show others what we are truly like. How many wounds and how much have they hurt you in your life! When you are wounded, hurt, beaten and humiliated, your identity, your personality and your character change. At times, you have been wounded and the wounds are deep. How many people are not willing to show their true selves and hide behind an iron mask in order to hide their wounds and pain. They become hard, tough. There are others who are just the opposite, they hurt themselves more and they self-flagellate so that the wounds continue to bleed, showing their wounds to others and causing those around them to feel guilty because they only want to show their wounds in order to victimize themselves so that everyone will focus on them. That’s covering yourself with wounds, but not healing them.
2 Jesus touched him. Approaching God heals you, washes your wounds, but the key is wanting to be healed. There are times when I see people who don’t want to have their wounds healed, it’s as if they had a fixation on the one who hurt them and don’t want to let go, they even want revenge as if that might heal their wound – but it doesn’t. Abandon yourself in Jesus and look for a way to let yourself be healed by Him but start by wanting to heal yourself. Allow yourself to be helped, allow yourself to be taken in God’s arms. If you don’t let yourself be helped, you won’t be able to heal. Let yourself be advised by the people who love you, let yourself be accompanied. It’s vital that you leave pride and self-sufficiency aside. Seek relief and support. Today, what are the wounds you want to heal?
3. Prayer. Jesus always returns to his center: “prayer”. In this I take my hat off to the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic communities, when I see the monks on Mount Athos, their writings or the Orthodox celebrations, I am impressed to see so much spirituality and presence of God. A book that I loved and helped me when I began in the seminary was “The Russian Pilgrim”. Although it is about Orthodox spirituality, it made me understand that the essential thing is to be with Jesus and to talk to Him. All the rest passes: position, power, fame. Jesus always remains!
We, westerners, have the reputation of living at an accelerated pace and focusing more on action than on contemplation. Slow down a little and find time to be alone and talk to God in your own way, to remember who you are and where you are headed. God bless you and be with you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
And don’t forget: Heaven is our goal!