Homily (Reflection) for Friday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (30th June, 2017) on the Gospel
Gen 17:1.9-10.15-22;Ps 127:1-5. (R. v.4);
Topic: ...if you choose (Matt 8:2).
In today’s gospel, a leper came to Jesus. Kneeling before Him he prayed, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.”
Two things stand out in this prayer, the leper was not unaware that Jesus has the power to make him clean. However, it is another issue whether He wants to or not.
Often Christians do only remember that God can do all things forgetting that it is His will that prevails always. Hence, the Psalmist wrote, “Our God is in the heavens; he does whatever he pleases” (Ps 115:3).
Sometimes one wonders whether we listen to ourselves while praying especially the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus taught us in this prayer to pray always for the will of God to be done, cf. Matt 6:10. And in the moment of His Passion, He lived out what He taught us by praying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want” (Matt 26:39; cf. vv. 42.44).
Finally, it seems that many are afraid of the will of God in their lives. Have we forgotten the words of Saint Paul, “We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28)? It is important to note that praying for Jesus’ will to be done did not deprive the leper what he desired. Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him saying, “I do choose. Be made clean!” The gospel reads further, “Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” God’s will is the best for each and every one of us in every circumstance.
Bible Reading: Matt 26:36-46.
Thought for today: Your will be done (Matt 6:10; cf. Matt 26:42).
Let us pray: Lord, give us the courage to ask for and accept your will always – Amen.
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