Thursday, January 12, 2012

1/12/12 - I Do Will It -- Be Made Clean!

Mark 1:40-45

A leper came to him and kneeling down begged him and said,
"If you wish, you can make me clean."
Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand,
touched the leper, and said to him,
"I do will it. Be made clean."
The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.
Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once.
Then he said to him, "See that you tell no one anything,
but go, show yourself to the priest
and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed;
that will be proof for them."
The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter.
He spread the report abroad
so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.
He remained outside in deserted places,
and people kept coming to him from everywhere.

Last year when I wrote about this passage, I focused on the fact that Christ touched the leper, and how significant that was for a Jew in that day and age. Prior to that, I'd written about Christ's instruction to keep his miracles secret, and why that was important.

What strikes me today, though, is very simple:

"I do will it. Be made clean."

Christ DOES will to heal us. And we all need healing, every single day. As the passages this week, this healing is the purpose for which he came. He is the Divine Physician, and he has the ability to heal us. Any time. Anywhere.

It's our responsibility to come to Him. Come to Him in prayer. Come to Him in the Eucharist. And frequently come to him in Reconciliation, where our sins are forgiven.

Come to Him, on little things and big. Ask Him for healing. Give yourself over to Him, so He can heal our brokenness. And have faith that he will do it!

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