The Gospel Today
Friday after Epiphany
Lk 5: 12-16
It happened that there was a man full of leprosy in one of the towns where Jesus was;
and when he saw Jesus,
he fell prostrate, pleaded with him, and said,
“Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”
Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said,
“I do will it. Be made clean.”
And the leprosy left him immediately.
Then he ordered him not to tell anyone, but
“Go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing
what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.”
The report about him spread all the more,
and great crowds assembled to listen to him
and to be cured of their ailments,
but he would withdraw to deserted places to pray.
Reflection (Sem. Ramon C. Jamora, Jr.)
The Gospel assures us of Jesus’ mercy and healing. We see the manifestation of God’s active work in humanity. This also holds true today. For sure we have been receiving blessings from God through our petitions and supplications. Perhaps we have experienced God’s healing in our lives may it be physical, emotional or spiritual illness. We wanted to hear God’s Word daily and read reflections because through them we personally encounter God.
Allow me to share our family’s experience of God’s healing hand working mightily even until today. One of my nieces suffered from a heart disease due to bacterial infection. When they brought her to the hospital, the doctors decided to do a procedure that would remove the bacteria from the heart. The medical team did not give an assurance of survival. My sister with her husband and all the family members prayed hard for her survival. Miraculously, sheis very healthy now and is a living witness of God’s greatness.
Because of this, God is asking us for one thing, to make known to people this mercy and love. Today, Jesus is calling us to proclaim the goodness of God. I know I will never be worthy of this vocation to the priesthood, but one thing I am sure and convinced of that God is alive and just waiting for us to faithfully and confidently ask Him, “Lord, if you wish, you can…”