By Sem. Gerald Moscardon
Have we asked God lately of what He wants? Have we ever wondered what are God’s desires and yearnings? God does not need anything for He is perfect and complete. What He wants and desires are not for Himself but for those whom His love and affection are directed – man. He constantly yearns for us to be in a relationship with Him not for His benefit but for ours. He wants us to be sharers in His perfection and completion, yet we look for other things besides God to fulfill our desires and wants; to complete us and fill us. We became all too familiar with the fits of our will that we have become deaf and alien to God’s voice; His will for us which is far better than what our will can come up with.
In the Gospel, a man full of leprosy approached Jesus and pleaded with Him. Isn’t this a familiar scene in our lives? When we have exhausted all the temporal means to fill the hole in our hearts, we suddenly remember the One who can truly fill that emptiness, God. But the leper teaches us something in seeking Jesus – that in expressing our desires, we seek Jesus’ desire for us first; His will for us. “Lord, if you so desire it, make me clean.” The leper wanted to be healed from his ailment. He wanted to be whole again but what’s different now is that his desire to be healed only comes second to Jesus’ desire whether that is to heal him or not. Jesus always wants what is good for us, but the Gospel teaches us that whether we get what we want or not, it doesn’t matter as long as God’s will and desire for us is fulfilled. We are invited not to disregard our personal desires but to acknowledge them and ultimately align them to God’s will. He has a plan and his plan is always better. Besides, He promised that He will never leave us until His will is fulfilled in us. So, let us ask ourselves, what is God’s desire for me?
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.