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June 25, 2021

Mt 8: 1-4

When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I do choose. Be made clean!” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

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.

Trusting God to respond to our needs

“Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” The leper approaches Christ with certainty, by stating a fact. He doesn’t ask Jesus a question, and he doesn’t try to convince the Lord to heal him. The leper is certain of three things. First, his need to be cleansed. Second, the authority Christ has in choosing whether or not to heal him, and third, that Christ has the ability to heal him, even if he chooses not to. When we pray, we ought to be more like the leper. 

Are you aware of your inherent need for the presence of Christ in your life? Do you remember that God knows what is best for you? Do you trust God and his authority with your desires and intentions? Today, let us approach the Lord with certainty, humility, and trust.

Audrey Merck is a Theology teacher and Summer Bridge Principal at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida.

 

Prayer

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.

—Suscipe prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola


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June 25, 2021

Mt 8: 1-4

When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I do choose. Be made clean!” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

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.

Trusting God to respond to our needs

“Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” The leper approaches Christ with certainty, by stating a fact. He doesn’t ask Jesus a question, and he doesn’t try to convince the Lord to heal him. The leper is certain of three things. First, his need to be cleansed. Second, the authority Christ has in choosing whether or not to heal him, and third, that Christ has the ability to heal him, even if he chooses not to. When we pray, we ought to be more like the leper. 

Are you aware of your inherent need for the presence of Christ in your life? Do you remember that God knows what is best for you? Do you trust God and his authority with your desires and intentions? Today, let us approach the Lord with certainty, humility, and trust.

Audrey Merck is a Theology teacher and Summer Bridge Principal at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida.

 

Prayer

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.

—Suscipe prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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