The Gospel Today
Friday after Epiphany
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. Randy Buquis):
As I reflect on today’s Gospel, it shows how the man full of leprosy rely to Jesus in order him to cure. For me, this man symbolizes us when we are in the wounded condition. That wounded condition resulted to experience a kind of lost in my life. I was lost to see the true goodness of God. I was lost to see how the sacrifice and wound can be considered as a grace that will deepen my relationship with God. But through God’s mercy and goodness I found Him as my true God despite of being lost and wounded.
The Gospel today has two important reminders for all of us. First, God loves us because He knows what is best for us, second God loves us because He provides what we need.
God loves us because he knows what is best for us according to His will. Sometimes we find it difficult waiting for something we really want to happen according to our will. But we need to remember that God gives us grace and heal us in his own time and space. Now that we are in the season of Christmas the Gospel is inviting us to see the goodness of God and not to lose on how we can see Him despite of many challenges and woundedness in our life.
God loves us because He provides what we need. God as the divine provider does not stop to give us what will make us always dependent on Him. He is always with us to heal and to forgive our sins. Lastly, the Gospel is inviting me that in order for me to heal others is to heal my own woundedness first and to die my own self-love.