“LORD, IF YOU WILL, YOU CAN MAKE ME CLEAN” (Matt 18:2)
⏰Friday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (30 June 2017)
????Gen 17:1, 9-10, 15-22; Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 (R.v.8a); Matt 8:1-4
My dear, the word of God in 2 Chron 7:14 says, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
The leper in Matt 8:1-4 humbled himself and sought help from Jesus, and indeed, he got his desired healing. His statement, “If you will, you can make me clean” (Matt 8:2) is an expression of that humility and total resignation to the will of God. Nobody can really do that without a deep faith and trust in God.
It is with that faith in God that we enter into a covenant with him. In that covenant, we are sure that God would never fail to keep his own part.
The account of his covenant with Abraham in Gen 17:1-12 tells us of his faithfulness. Remember that God had earlier promised to bless him and make his name great (cf. Gen 12:2).
Did you notice Abraham trying to remind God how old he and his wife are (cf. Gen 17:17)? God is not interested in how long you have been in that your sickness or handicap; time makes no restrictions on him. All you need is the faith and humility of the leper, and every other thing would be a testimony.
May your faith in God never waver and you experience a great transformation in your life, thus being a reference point for testimony like Abraham and the leper. Amen.
I wish you a miraculous and joyous day. Peace be with you.