One day in another town, a man came to Jesus covered with leprosy. On seeing him he bowed down to the ground, and said, «Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean». Stretching out his hand, Jesus touched the man and said, «Yes, I want it. Be clean». In an instant the leprosy left him. Then Jesus instructed him, «Tell this to no one. But go and show yourself to the priest. Make an offering for your healing, as Moses prescribed; that should be a proof to the people». But the news about Jesus spread all the more, and large crowds came to him to listen and be healed of their sickness. As for Jesus, he would often withdraw to solitary places and pray.
What shall we learn from this person covered with leprosy? I find in him two things important for us. The first is the self-knowledge and the second is his faith in Jesus. The truth and the faith go hand in hand. Knowing self without faith, may not do charity to our spiritual life. A high spirituality without knowing ourselves, may do harm to us.
This man has done something wonderful. He breaks all human laws in faith, to move towards Jesus crying, without knowing that it was Jesus who was moving towards him. God knows us and takes the first step towards us. Any divine encounter de facto will transform the humanity. This encounter with Jesus made him to realise the divine mercy and love. “Yes, I want it, be clean.” God is always present for a believer and the Word of God is powerful.
It is important to note the instruction that Jesus has given to him. Go back home and we a witness of divine mercy and compassion. We are called to be merciful and compassionate to our near and dear ones, and from them to the whole world. He is asked to go to the same world, which rejected and abandoned him. It is in this ‘return way’, peace and reconciliation that God wishes to encounter us. It is here that God desires that we become witnesses of divine love.
Action of the day: Cry-out in faith.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers:
Jesus' healing demonstrates the power of the kingdom of heaven,
by Ambrose of Milan, 339-397 A.D.
"The authority of power in the Lord is here compared with the steadfastness of faith manifest in the leper (Luke 5:12-13). He fell on his face because it is a mark of humility and modesty that each feel shame for the sins of his life, but shyness did not restrict his confession. He showed the wound, he begged for the remedy, and the very confession is full of piety and faith. 'If you will,' it says, 'you can make me clean'” He conceded the power to the Lord's will. But he doubted concerning the Lord's will, not as if unbelieving in piety, but as if aware of his own impurity, he did not presume. The Lord replies to him with a certain holiness. 'I will: be clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.' For there is nothing between God's command and his work, because the work is in the command. Thus he spoke, and they came into being (Psalm 33:9). You see that it cannot be doubted that the will of God is power. If, therefore, his will is power, those who affirm that the Trinity is of One will affirm that it is of one power. Thus the leprosy departed immediately. In order that you may understand the effect of healing, he added truth to the work." (excerpt from EXPOSITION OF THE GOSPEL OF LUKE 5.2–3)