Friday 11 January 2019

About Today Readings

1 John 5:5-13. Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20. Luke 5:12-16.

Lord, every nation on earth will adore you – Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20.

‘Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.’

The gospel of the leprous outcast cured by Jesus is familiar. We do well to attend closely to the gospel response of Jesus to the agonised request for help: ‘Of course I want to help you.’ No questions, no admonitions, just reassurance and subsequent healing.

Luke comments on the growing popularity of Jesus and the accompanying demands for time and healing. In order to respond appropriately to such requests, Jesus regularly isolates himself in order to ‘be alone and pray’.

Lord, grant that we develop the habit of drawing away from our busy life and demanding schedules, in order to draw from the well of contemplation and prayer a response that is unreservedly reassuring and healing to those in need.

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