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Friday 12th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Friday 12th Week of the Year

Jesus reaches out and touches a leper, so much did he suffer with him.

How much our hearts go out to people
who suffer and even died from COVID-19?

And think of all the precautions we take
so we will not receive or transmit the coronavirus.

We’re not only thinking of ourselves
but out of charity, we put other people before ourselves
no matter how uncomfortable at times, it may be for us.

And should we know someone has this virus,
they will go into quarantine, no ifs, ands or buts.

That’s pretty much what it was like for a leper in the time of our Lord. Except there quarantine wasn’t for two weeks. It was for life.

 

The people of our Lord’s time
had a horrible disease to deal with as well, leprosy.
Limbs would slowly rot away,
and the decaying flesh was very repulsive.

A person with leprosy was not only cut off from the rest of society;
society regarded them as already dead.

Mosaic Law forbade anyone to come into contact
with a person who had leprosy.

So what does Jesus do? – The unthinkable.

He reaches out and touches the untouchable,
so much did he suffer with him.

It’s amazing is the leper does not stop him.

The Law of Moses did not keep Jesus away
from the leper or the leper from Jesus.

The compassion in the heart of Jesus
drew him to the leper
despite the stench and the Law of Moses.

When you love someone so much,
you don’t notice those things anymore.

The Law is no longer binding
when serving the genuine needs of others.

The sometimes daring but always sacrificial act
will raise us from the kingdom of this world to the reign of God.

The leper experienced this journey into the heart of Jesus
when he said to the Lord, “If you will to do so, you can heal me.”

He was saying, “I have found my home. I belong.
Jesus just accepted me into his world.”

How did this happen? He did not know.

He simply put himself in Jesus’ hands literally
and wanted to receive whatever Jesus offered him.

Let us do the same,
wherever we find ourselves
and whomever we are with.

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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