Father Shawn Aaron, LC
When Jesus came
down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And
then a leper approached, did him homage, and said,
"Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean." He
stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, "I
will do it. Be made clean." His leprosy was cleansed
immediately. Then Jesus said to him, "See that you
tell no one, but go show yourself to the
priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed; that
will be proof for them."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe
in you and in your love. I trust in
you as the way for me to live. I hope
in the power of your cross to free me
from all that is not you. I love you and
want my love to be more real so that
I may imitate your pure and total love.
Lord, help me to turn from my sins.
If You Wish, You Can Make Me Clean: Whenever we
come to the sacrament of confession, we want the
words of this humble leper to be on our lips:
“Jesus, you can heal me from that which ails
me, from my sin.” This leper’s act of faith is
comparable to the Good Thief’s faith. While nailed to
the cross next to Our Lord he said, “Jesus,
remember me when you come into your kingdom.” In each
case they see with eyes of faith beyond what
the eyes of their body tell them. When we
come to confess our sins with eyes of faith, we
want to look beyond the priest to Jesus, the
one who not only forgives our sins but heals
2. He Stretched Out His Hand, and Touched
Him: The Pharisees once asked the disciples, “Why does
your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” (Matthew 9:11).
Jesus is not afraid of my leprosy; he is
not afraid of my sin. His love is simply
more powerful than any person’s sin, no matter how grave.
He is not afraid to be associated with sinners
or to touch lepers. It was this same love
that moved the Word to become “flesh and dwell among
us” (John 1:14). By taking our human nature to
himself he “stretched out his hand and touched us.”
When we give Jesus our sins he nails them to
the cross -- and it is precisely at the
cross that we discover two things: the true nature
of our sin and the infinite love the prompts Jesus
to touch us.
3. I Do Will It. Be Made
Clean: Jesus wants the leper to be healed; he
likewise wants you and me to be healed, clean, whole.
Through the hands of the priest, Jesus stretches
out his own hand and bids us to be clean
so that we may not remain in our sins.
Sin knocks at the door of our lives, but thanks
to Jesus we do not have to continue in
it. When Jesus heals us, he also gives us the
strength (grace) to stay healthy. He heals us so
that we may freely walk with him and imitate him
in our lives. But do I want to leave
aside all my sin? What former leper would ever
wish to return to his leprosy? Ultimately it is the
heart that must be made clean by way of constant
prayer, the sacraments and a genuine effort to do
what we know is pleasing to God.
with Christ: Jesus, you know when I sit
and when I stand. Before a word is on
my lips you know the whole of it; with all
my ways you are familiar (cf. Psalm 139). Help
me to live in the light, correspond to your
grace, and experience the healing joy that comes from friendship
Resolution: This week I will
go to confession, taking time to prepare myself well.