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January 08, 2021

Lk 5: 12-16

Once, when he was in one of the cities, there was a man covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” Then Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do choose. Be made clean.” Immediately the leprosy left him. And he ordered him to tell no one. 

“Go,” he said, “and show yourself to the priest, and, as Moses commanded, make an offering for your cleansing, for a testimony to them.” But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Asking for what we need

How difficult is it to ask for what we need? My oldest son has moderate hearing loss. Over the last couple years, we’ve been working with him to find the courage to ask for what he needs. When he misses directions, we encourage him to raise his hand right away and ask the teacher to repeat them. When his hearing aids are not working, we are teaching him to identify the problem and quickly seek the help he needs to fix it so he doesn’t miss anything. Asking for what he needs directly is essential to thriving in second grade. 

Asking for what we need directly is also essential, isn’t it? In today’s Gospel, the leper asks for exactly what he needs. He goes straight to the person who he believes can heal him and he does not mince words. He asks and he receives. What do you need right now from God? What is keeping you from speaking up?

Gretchen Crowder is the Director of Campus Ministry at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas in Dallas, TX.

 

Prayer

Lord,
There are many things I need right now,
Some of which I have the words to ask for,
And some I do not.
Help me to discern what I really need,
And then voice those needs to you.
Help me to believe that you are listening.
Quiet my fears and increase my faith.
Amen.

—Gretchen Crowder


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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January 08, 2021

Lk 5: 12-16

Once, when he was in one of the cities, there was a man covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” Then Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do choose. Be made clean.” Immediately the leprosy left him. And he ordered him to tell no one. 

“Go,” he said, “and show yourself to the priest, and, as Moses commanded, make an offering for your cleansing, for a testimony to them.” But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Asking for what we need

How difficult is it to ask for what we need? My oldest son has moderate hearing loss. Over the last couple years, we’ve been working with him to find the courage to ask for what he needs. When he misses directions, we encourage him to raise his hand right away and ask the teacher to repeat them. When his hearing aids are not working, we are teaching him to identify the problem and quickly seek the help he needs to fix it so he doesn’t miss anything. Asking for what he needs directly is essential to thriving in second grade. 

Asking for what we need directly is also essential, isn’t it? In today’s Gospel, the leper asks for exactly what he needs. He goes straight to the person who he believes can heal him and he does not mince words. He asks and he receives. What do you need right now from God? What is keeping you from speaking up?

Gretchen Crowder is the Director of Campus Ministry at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas in Dallas, TX.

 

Prayer

Lord,
There are many things I need right now,
Some of which I have the words to ask for,
And some I do not.
Help me to discern what I really need,
And then voice those needs to you.
Help me to believe that you are listening.
Quiet my fears and increase my faith.
Amen.

—Gretchen Crowder


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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