30 June 2017: Recognize the Power of Christ

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Friday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1: Gen 17: 1, 9-10, 15-22 Gospel: Mt 8: 1-4

The Gospel of today presents to us a leper as a model of our Christian life.

The passage is situated after the sermon on the mountain: Jesus teaches His disciples and all the people around on various topics. These teachings with authority also offer a new outlook towards life. A man listening to all that will naturally develop either contempt or amazement; either be challenged or become astonished. But, only those who realize the divinity in Jesus will realize the power and authority underlying this preaching. The leper in the Gospel is one such.

He develops faith in Jesus: a complete faith, that makes him say, “Sir, if you want to, you can make me clean.” This statement exhibits both the ability of Jesus to heal him (as believed by the leper) and his readiness to be cleaned. One more thing needed here is the wish of Christ. Looking at the deep faith, Jesus does wish to, and thus the miracle takes place.

In our lives too, we need both of these: realizing the power of Jesus and the readiness to be touched by Him. Of course, the latter will follow the former. Recognizing the power of Christ is fundamentally based on listening to Him. Let us listen to Him more and more, especially in the Scriptures. Let us give heed to His voice through the life giving words of the Bible. For sure, we will be touched by Him.

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