Mark 1: 40-45
The Gospel reading begins saying: “A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, ‘If you wish, you can make me clean’” (40).
We see here that the leper voluntarily went to Jesus and asked to be healed. A priest once told me, “We are nothing without God.” In today’s self-centered society, it is easy to become distracted by technological tools that keep us in our own personal world. We try to make our own decisions and control our lives every single day with the choices we make, forgetting to reflect and consult with God about what we should do.
This Gospel reflects the theme of healing. The leper that Jesus healed had physical wounds on his skin, but for some people their wounds may not be visible. Regardless of whether our injury is visible to the eye or not, everyone deserves to be healed and find peace. It is not always easy admitting that we have sinned or that we need help, but we need to remember that Jesus is merciful and he was moved with sympathy for the leper. “Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, ‘I do will it. Be made clean’” (41). Jesus was moved to heal the suffering because he was compassionate.
Three simple words were all it took for the leper to be healed: “Be made clean.” Maybe those three words are what we need to tell ourselves before we participate in the sacrament of reconciliation.
What areas in my life need to be cleaned? How can I convert my heart and actions to commit to living a faithful life in service to the Lord?