January 7, 2022

Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.

As our favorite octogenarian Associate Pastor has always gently reminded us at the Penitential Act at Mass, “we are all wounded.” I always marvel at that statement looking around the church, and yet, it’s always helpful to remember that we are indeed the “body of Christ” when we gather to worship, each of us with the divine light within us and each of us with our own unique “diseases” or woundedness.

In today’s Gospel, “a man full of leprosy” prostrates himself before Jesus and pleads, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” It has always struck me as a curious statement to make to this renowned teacher and healer. It seems a bit presumptuous, “if you wish.” And yet Jesus brushes the comment aside, stretches out his hand, touches him, and says, “I do will it.” And then he made the man clean.

Yesterday, we celebrated the Epiphany, the feast that recognizes in the visit of the Magi, the Revelation that this newborn baby is the Divine Light who comes among us. He is Emmanuel – “God with us.” We are reminded of God’s loving presence in our midst, for you, me, us – to talk to, to present our own wounds for healing, to walk with in faith.

Let us bring Jesus the healer whatever wounds or diseased parts of ourselves that block the light of the divine within us.

Let Us Pray:

Dear Lord, you have revealed your Divine presence in your son Jesus. Increase our faith in you; heal us of the wounds that block the Divine life within each of us, that prevent us from being your divine presence to those we meet each day, especially the poor and those on the margins.


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About Jim Brown

Jim Brown is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament. He is the former Director of the Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (CEE) and has worked in a professional capacity for over 30 years with the Congregation. He and his wife live in Cincinnati Ohio.