Jesus heals us

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD JANUARY 14, 2021 Thursday WORD of the DAY  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 him, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.” (Mark 1: 40-41) How shall I live this Word?   In this strange and wonderful encounter, everything begins with the initiative of the leper. They are alone, the two of them. Jesus, and the man kept at a distance by the Law, contagious, proscribed. The latter approaches and kneels, in a cry that is confession, recognition of one’s own filth, a cry of solitude; but it is a voice that nevertheless entrusts itself: “If you want,…”, he pleads, without even naming Jesus. It is only a plea. It resembles the prayer of Abba Macario, who said: “There is no need to say empty words, but to stretch out your hands and say: Lord, as you want and as you know, have mercy on me!”  This nameless leper condenses in himself many human beings, far and very close. Ourselves. It is a cry that shakes...