I am intrigued by the confidence and conviction of this leper from the street. His miseries did not lessen his faith and hope in the power of a merciful God.
If you and I were in similar situations as the leper in today’s reading, would our confidence and conviction be as strong? Would we feel confident that Jesus, born in a stable, willingly pitching His tent with us, is really Emmanuel, God with us?
Perhaps, we fail to realize that God is really with us that keeps us from approaching Him for healing from our miseries: physical, emotional, and spiritual. Perhaps, it is our failure to realize that God’s love and mercy are not just beautiful ideas. They are real.
Do we want to be touched by Jesus? Or do we want to have the strength, courage, and power to touch others with the love of Christ? If so, then like the leper, let us seek Him out and spend time with Him prayer. Make Him a priority, and He will touch you.
About Father Jilson Tom, C.S.C.
Father Jilson Tom, C.S.C. is from the Northeast India Province of Holy Cross. A native of Kerala, Father Jilson has been serving in a parish and school ministry since his ordination twelve years ago. He joins the Family Rosary team as an Assistant, while he works to study Pastoral Counseling in the Boston area. With a personal devotion to Mother Mary, Father Jilson is thrilled to be working to enhance family prayer through the Rosary. And if you ever need a listening ear or want to play a board game, Father Jilson’s your guy!