Friday 30 June 2017

About Today Readings

(First Martyrs of the Church of Rome). Day of penance.
Genesis 17:1, 9-10, 15-22. Psalms 127(128):1-5. Matthew 8:1-4.

See how the Lord blesses those who fear him — Psalms 127(128):1-5.

‘If you want to, you can make me clean.’

The experiences of Abraham and the leper are quite similar. There is an emptiness in both lives that God, and only God, is able to touch. The Divine One fills this emptiness not just by removing a handicap or limitation—in these cases disease or infertility—but by self-giving in an intimate relationship. The covenant with Abraham is not just a legal contract: it comes out of sensitivity to deep human longing.

God’s response to Abraham—and to us—is the same response as Jesus’ to the leper: ‘Of course I want to. Be cured!’

As our intimacy with the Lord becomes increasingly the centre of our lives, we sense the many moments in which God is responding to our personal needs with those words: ‘Of course I want to!’


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