“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Mark 1:40

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TODAY’S WORD…

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“If You choose, You can make me clean.”

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– Mark 1:40 (NRSV)

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REFLECTION…

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A leper came up to Jesus.

He knelt down and said to Him:

“If You choose, You can make me clean.”

And Our Lord, who always wants what is good for us,

took pity on him, touched him, and said:

“I do choose. Be made clean!”

And immediately the leprosy left him and he was made clean.

That man kneels down,

prostrating himself on the ground,

which is a sign of humility

– the virtue by which each one may become ashamed of the stains of his life.

But shame must not prevent confession:

the leper showed his sores and asked for a cure.

Moreover, his prayer is full pf piety

– that is, he acknowledged that the power to cure him lay in Our Lord’s hands. (St. Bede)

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Jesus Christ Himself waits for us each day in the Blessed Eucharist,

to humbly and contritely bare our soul to Him;

to seek His healing, His forgiveness, His love.

There He is really, truly and substantially present,

with His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.

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The whole mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God

is contained in the Sacred Host.

In the Blessed Eucharist we find Our Lord Himself,

who said to the leper: “I do choose. Be made clean!”

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This marvellous presence among us should give us new life each day.

When we receive Him, when we visit Him,

we can say in the strictest sense:

Today I have been with God.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Jesus, if You choose, You can make me clean.

Lord, have mercy on me.

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Note: The main source of today’s REFLECTION is the seven-volume work

“In Conversation with God” by Padre Francisco Fernández Carvajal.

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