Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time B

BEADS OF JOY 2-12-12 “Gospel Decades”
©2012 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

Today is the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time B
Today’s Gospel is: Mark 1:40-45 (The Cleansing of a Leper)

And a leper came to him beseeching him, and kneeling said to him, "If you will, you can make me clean." Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, "I will; be clean." And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. And he sternly charged him, and sent him away at once, and said to him, "See that you say nothing to any one; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to the people." But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in the country; and people came to him from every quarter.”
1 – Our Father -10 Hail Mary’s –Glory be… - Oh My Jesus…

Reflection: So what is stopping us from approaching Jesus like the leper did in today’s gospel? Leprosy is a disease; a disease nothing short of being the living dead. Sadly that is true. It’s a poison far worse than even cancer; in that little by little it takes over your entire body, till it has killed it. For the most part leprosy is incurable and the person with it will inevitably die. Well knowing all this, this man still approached Jesus with a humble deep faith. That faith is beyond what many may think is common sense thinking. Why ask for something you probably know for the most part, you probably won’t get anyway. And it’s not because you can’t have it; it’s more like the reality of, in this case it’s not medically even possible. Yet this man still came forward asking for a healing.

The lepers confidence and trust in approaching Jesus in the end, gave him exactly what he not only wished for; but he also asked. How can today’s gospel be embraced into our own lives? In other words if we are to “Live the Gospel” How in the world do we do it, in reflection to today’s reading? Today’s gospel to me shows us that we can boldly, yet very humbly and confidently approaching Jesus with the impossible, in the end He makes all things possible. Pray this little pray every single day, keep it at the edge of your thoughts constantly, and you will see more and more how Jesus does answer our prayers. Simple pray, “Jesus, I trust in You.”

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS