Gospel Reflection: MK 1:40-45
We were made to be whole and Jesus came to fix our brokenness.
No, not we are not to expect every ailment or disease afflicting our health to be miraculously healed as we witness in today’s Gospel. The true healing that Christ came to perform, is the healing of our souls.
Multitudes came from great distances, not just to see Jesus, but to see a show, or to get something. Are you attending Church just to be entertained, or to be healed? What is your motivation? What are you seeking?
In our individual brokenness, we often are motivated by our pain to seek a quick-fix or instant gratification in the vices of this world. Jesus asks to put aside the wisdom of the world and seek to do the will of the Father.
Yes, I believe that real physical healing does happen, even in this age. However, our prayers for healing in our time must be tempered with submission to divine providence.
All of our brokenness will be made whole as a result of a life lived well, in submission to Christ. Pray my brothers and sisters for the grace to persevere, to fight the good fight of faith, and finish the race in a manner pleasing to the Lord.
Gospel MK 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.”
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.