The Gospel Today
Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
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 the leper, and said to him,
“I do will it. Be made clean.”
The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.
Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once.
Then he said to him, “See that you tell no one anything,
but go, show yourself to the priest
and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed;
that will be proof for them.”
The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter.
He spread the report abroad
so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.
He remained outside in deserted places,
and people kept coming to him from everywhere.
Reflection (Sem. Eldrick Peña):
Today’s Gospel speaks of Jesus’ mercy and compassion. He will not turn his ear on those who humbly approach Him in prayer. We really just have to voice out to Him our thoughts, our concerns, and predicaments.
I remember one of our formators saying in his homily “It is better to ask and not get what was asked, than not to get what was asked because you didn’t bother to ask at all.” Even though God already knows what we need even before we ask, it is still important to approach Him in prayer to let Him know about our concerns, as a sign of humility and acceptance that we are nothing in front of our God who created us and who makes even the smallest details in our life possible.
The leper has asked Jesus if he can be healed, but only if Jesus wishes it. It was a pleading which acknowledges God’s will over our human desires. When we pray, there is this tendency to speak to God in our terms. Sometimes to the point of almost commanding and demanding Him to do this and that for us. We are unaware that God has His own time and pace in answering our prayers. We need to be patient and be submissive to His will all the time.
How many times in our prayer did we ask God to conform to our will instead of saying that His will be done for us?