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Memorial of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr (YEAR 2013)

2 Peter 3:9The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, please use all of your power and grace to bring our loved ones and dear friends to repentance so that when Jesus appears they can share in our joy and your salvation. In the name of Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (June 28, 2013)
Day: Memorial of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr (YEAR 2013)
First Reading: Gn 17:1, 9-10, 15-22
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Matthew 8:1-4
Lectionary: 375
Colour: Green
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Matthew 8:1-4
1When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; 4 and behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, if you will, you can make me clean." 3 And he stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, "I will; be clean." And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 And Jesus said to him, "See that you say nothing to any one; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to the people."
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Today’s Gospel we see Jesus did something which was both remarkable and unthinkable at the same time. He approached the unapproachable and he touched the untouchables. Lepers were outcasts of society at that time. Their physical condition was terrible as they slowly lost the use of their limbs and withered away with open sores over their whole bodies. They were not only shunned but regarded as “already dead” even by their relatives. The Jewish law forbade anybody from touching or approaching a leper, lest ritual defilement occur. The leper who came to Jesus did amazing quite remarkable. He approached Jesus assertively and humbly, expecting that Jesus could and would heal him. Usually a leper would be stoned or in any case warded off if he tried to come near a rabbi. Jesus not only grants the man his request, but he shows the personal love, compassion, and gentleness of God in his physical touch. The medical knowledge of his day would have regarded such contact as serious risk for incurring infection. Jesus met the man’s unhappiness 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 made him clean not only physically but spiritually as well.


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