The Faith of the Leper

In today’s Gospel reading we hear of Jesus healing a person with leprosy. Lepers were considered outcasts and unclean. According to the Law of Moses, people with leprosy should be isolated from society to keep those who were clean separated from those who were unclean. Even though this leper lived in isolation, he somehow must have heard about Jesus, and clearly believed that He was the son of God who could heal him - “If you wish, you can make me clean.” This “uncleanliness” doesn’t keep Jesus from touching the leper and healing his leprosy. Jesus shows his compassion and crosses the divide exclaiming “I do will it. Be made clean.”

Jesus not only extends his mercy and compassion to this poor man, but to all of us. We need to be “made clean” as well. We need to be touched by Jesus too, especially his touch upon our soul. One way that Jesus touches our soul is through confession.

Take the time during this Lenten season to make a good confession. Really examine your conscious. Examining your conscious consists of thinking about our thoughts and actions. If you don’t know how to examine your conscious, there are a number of resources (websites) available to help guide you. EWTN has a wonderful page titled, Sacrament of Penance: Examination of Conscience by Fr. John Trigilio. You will find the Act of Contrition, along with a list of the Ten Commandments that contain examples within each. Also, I’m sure any priest would be happy to guide you along if you haven’t been in a while.

“Only say the word, and my soul shall be healed”

Below is an excerpt from the Diary of St. Faustina regarding confession:

“Daughter, when you go to confession, to this fountain of My mercy, the Blood and Water which came forth from My Heart always flows down upon your soul and ennobles it. Every time you go to confession, immerse yourself in My mercy, with great trust, so that I may pour the bounty of My grace upon your soul. When you approach the confessional, know this, that I Myself am waiting there for you. I am only hidden by the priest, but I myself act in your soul. Here the misery of the soul meets the God of mercy. Tell souls that from this fount of mercy souls draw graces solely with the vessel of trust. If their trust is great, there is no limit to My generosity. The torrents of grace inundate humble souls. The proud remain always in poverty and misery, because My grace turns away from them to humble souls”.
--St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul

 

You can find this Sunday's readings here.

By:  Cheryl Provost

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