Friday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel, we read of the healing of a leper. This follows right after the Sermon on the Mount. This Sermon is one long teaching of our Lord that we have encountered one segment at a time over the last several weeks. Yesterday, we heard Christ’s words reminding us that we have to hear His teaching and act on it. We also encountered the statement that the people were amazing because He taught as one with authority, and not as one of the Scribes.
Imagine what amazement they must have felt when they saw Him cleanse the leper! What faith the leper had to declare if you wish, you can heal me.
And Christ did it. There must have been rumors and stories among the people of the miracles Christ had performed, but here we see Christ performing not only a great miracle, but a great act of mercy. Surely none of the Scribes had ever done that.
But even so, that was not the end of the story. Our Lord told the man He had just healed to go and offer the gift prescribed by Moses. Even though Christ was the fulfillment of the Law and the totality of our salvation, even so He admonished the man to tell no one, but to obey the decrees of the Mosaic Law as proof for the priests in the temple.
Let us pray that we may always recognize the goodness of the Lord as it is active in our own lives, and see it for what it is: evidence of Our Lord’s unwavering love for us and of his desire to heal us and make us well.