Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time: “Of course I want to! Be Cured”

Leprosy has always been a disease that is greatly feared. Jesus, by reaching out and touching the man breaks the hold of the disease over him, and the isolation that it has caused him.  The readings invite us encounter the one who reaches out to us in our need and delivers us from that which binds us. However Jesus then finds himself excluded, on the margins of life. Perhaps he is asking us to allow him to have the central role in our lives that we need.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

Sunday.

As long as the disease lasts he must be unclean, and therefore he must life apart; he must live outside the camp. (Leviticus 13:46)

  • Who are the excluded ones from our society?
  • Have you excluded someone from your life? Why?
  • Have you ever felt excluded by others? What was that experience like?
  • What is Jesus saying to you now?

Monday.

You are my refuge, O Lord; you fill me with the joy of salvation. (Psalm 31:7)

  • When have you taken refuge in the Lord?
  • When have you felt filled with the joy of the Lord?
  • Is there someone in you life that you need to share the joy of the Lord with?
  • Allow the Lord to fill you with his joy and peace.

Tuesday.

 I said: ‘I will confess my offense to the Lord. And you Lord, have forgiven the guilt of my sin. (Psalm 31:5)

  • What is your experience of the sacrament of penance, of confession?
  • What is the feeling of forgiveness life?
  • Is there something weighing on your conscience?
  • Let the Lord speak his word of forgiveness to you.

Wednesday.

Just as I try to be helpful to everyone at all times, not anxious for my own advantage but for the advantage of everyone else, so that they may be saved. (1 Cor 10:33)

  • How helpful to you try to be?
  • Are there people you have given up trying to help?
  • How anxious are you?
  • What help is the Lord offering you just now?

Thursday.

A leper came to Jesus and pleaded on his knees: ‘If you want to’ he said, ‘you can cure me.  (Mark 1:40)

  • When have you pleaded with the Lord on your knees?
  • Do you firmly believe that the Lord can cure you?
  • Can you imagine a situation when the Lord would not want to cure you?
  • What was the response to your pleading, what is it now?

Friday

Feeling sorry for him, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. ‘Of course I want to!’ He said. ‘Be cured!’ (Mark 1:41)

  • ‘Moved with compassion’ is a better translation of Jesus reaction. Have you felt this from the Lord?
  • Touching the leper will technically make Jesus unclean, yet he is prepared to do so. Has he asked you to do something similar?
  • What have you felt the healing hand of the Lord on you?
  • Hear Jesus say ‘Of course I want! Be Cured!’

Saturday

Jesus could no longer go openly into any town, but had to stay outside in places where nobody lived. Even so, people from all around would come to him. (Mark 1:45)

  • Jesus is now the excluded one. How is he excluded from our society?
  • Do you ever feel you have to keep God out of your relationships with others?
  • Who have you brought to the Lord?
  • What is Jesus saying to you now?
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