FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
25 JUNE 2021 Friday 12
WORD of the DAY
When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And then 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.” His leprosy was cleansed immediately. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.” (Mt 8: 1-4)
How shall I live this Word?
A leper comes close to Jesus. He is excluded. Whoever touches him becomes impure! For this, the lepers had to be removed. But that leper has a lot of courage. He transgresses the norms of religion in order to get in touch with Jesus. When he gets close, he says, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean!” That is, ‘You don’t need to touch me! It is enough that the Lord wills it and I will be cured.’ The leper does not pretend, he waits. Jesus touches him and says, “I will do it. Be made clean.” Filled with deep compassion, Jesus heals two diseases. In the first place, to cure his loneliness, before saying any word, He touches the leper. It is as if He said, ‘For me, you are not excluded. I am not afraid of becoming impure by touching you. And I welcome you as a brother!’ Then He cures the leprosy saying, “I will do it. Be made clean!” The Teacher not only proclaims the Good News of the Kingdom. He performs the miracle of regenerating life. A body torn apart by disease is purified and regenerated. There is a close connection between word and touch. Humans are transformed by the word that touches their heart. Like the leper, let us also draw close to Jesus and believe in His tenderness and compassion for us. He won’t let us down. He also knows and listens to the unspoken cry of our heart.
The Voice of the Liturgy, Preface VIII
In His mortal life, Christ your servant and our Redeemer passed by benefiting and healing all those who were prisoners of evil. Even today as a good Samaritan, He comes close to every person wounded in body and spirit and pours the oil of consolation and the wine of hope on their wounds. For this gift of Your grace, even the night of pain opens up to the paschal light of your crucified and risen Son.
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