Thursday, June 27, 2013

“A leper approached, did him homage, and said, ‘Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean’. He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, ‘I will do it. Be made clean’.” (Matthew 8: 2-3)

Let us pause a moment on the succession of verbs that render the account alive and help us to grasp better the dynamism of this miraculous cure. Jesus comes down from the mountain. Many people follow Him. A leper approaches Him and kneels before Him and says to Him with strong faith, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean”. Jesus stretches out His hand, touches him, and says, “Be made clean”. Immediately, the man is healed.

All these verbs following upon each other express two realities. Above all, there is the omnipotent will for the good that is proper to Jesus. Secondarily, there is the strong and trustful faith of the man. In our own life, it is important that the omnipotent goodness and will to heal that is in the Lord be received by us with a faith that is strong, trusting, and persevering.

- Living Scripture

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