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Friday after Epiphany

Psalm 118:5-6: In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, we are thankful, that you refused to be God from a safe distance. Because you came and felt what it was like to be deserted, forsaken, and alone, we know we can trust that we will never be forsaken by you. Please give us a clearer sense of your presence with us in our life today, we pray through Jesus. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (January 11, 2013)
Day: Friday after Epiphany
First Reading: 1 Jn 5:5-13
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Luke 5:12-16
Lectionary: 216
Colour: White
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Luke 5:12-16
12While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and besought him, "Lord, if you will, you can make me clean." 13And he stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, "I will; be clean." And immediately the leprosy left him. 14And he charged him to tell no one; but "go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to the people." 15But so much the more the report went abroad concerning him; and great multitudes gathered to hear and to be healed of their infirmities. 16But he withdrew to the wilderness and prayed.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
The leper approached Jesus confidently and humbly, hoping that Jesus could and would heal him. Normally a leper would be stoned or at least warded off if he attempted to come near a rabbi. Jesus not only grants the man his appeal, but he demonstrates the personal love, compassion, and gentleness of God in his physical touch. The medical knowledge of his day would have regarded such contact as grave danger for incurring infection. Jesus met the man's sadness with compassion and tender kindness. He communicated the love and mercy of God in a sign that spoke more expressively than words. He touched the man and completed him clean - not only physically but spiritually as well. How do we approach those who are difficult to love, or who are avoided by others because they are deformed or have some physical or mental weakness? Do we show them kindness and offer them compassion and help as Jesus did? The Lord is always ready to show us his mercy and to free us from anything makes us unclean, unapproachable, or unloving towards others. Loving Infant Jesus, inflame our heart with your love and make us clean and whole in body, mind, and spirit. May we never doubt your love nor cease to tell others of your mercy and compassion.


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