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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Friday of the Psalter week 2 Download This Homily

January 11, 2018

Friday of the Psalter week 2


1 John 5:5-13 ;

Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20;

Gospel LK 5:12-16


It happened that there was a man full of leprosy in one of the towns where Jesus was;
and when he saw Jesus,
he fell prostrate, pleaded with him, and said,
"Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean." 
Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said,
"I do will it.  Be made clean." 
And the leprosy left him immediately. 
Then he ordered him not to tell anyone, but
"Go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing
what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them." 
The report about him spread all the more,
and great crowds assembled to listen to him
and to be cured of their ailments,
but he would withdraw to deserted places to pray.



Prayer with Faith and Submission


A traveler came to an old inn and knocked with the iron knocker on the door. No answer. He tried again; only a hollow echo. But he knew people were inside, he had seen them in the window. So with growing anger he grabbed the knocker and banged 20-30 times. Then he heard the footsteps approaching and saw a face out of the latch hole who timidly enquired whether the good gentleman wanted to come in.


“Did I want to come in?” he shouted. “Anyone who knocked as I did must have.”


“Well, you see, it’s like this,” said the elderly lady, “There are so many little children around here who bang the door and run off, so we have learned to pay no attention to them. But when I heard you knock, I really felt that you wanted to come in; that’s why I came to open the door.”


The man with leprosy bows down to the ground and asks Jesus, “Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean.”


If you want to- this is not a petition with indifference. We see a similar prayer towards the end of Jesus ‘life. In the garden he is praying to the Father, “Father, if it is your will, remove this cup from me.”


It is a prayer with full submission to the will of God. Jesus answers to the man covered with leprosy, “Yes, I want it. Be clean.” Any prayer with faith and full submission to the will of God will be heard.


Fr. James M L CMI


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