From a Creighton Student's Perspective
March 12, 2012
Sophomore, Biology Major, Pre-Dental
To me, the interesting part of the reading is not the washing clean, but the people who make up the narrative. Naaman was highly esteemed because he brought victories to Aram. Yet he still had leprosy. God takes us and loves us despite our sins. This leper was not a social outcast but was victorious. That’s how it is with us too. God doesn’t make us social outcasts because we sin but instead allows us to succeed and grow despite our sins. He loves us enough to forgive us and not let our sins hold us back.
Another person in the reading was a little servant girl who told Naaman to go to Elisha to be healed. This little girl was aware of God’s saving presence. Even at her young age she knew of God’s healing power. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all have a child’s innocence and trust? Sometimes as we grow older our trust in God’s healing power fails because we have seen hardships and despair, but we are all called to have the faith that a child has - faith that God will heal us and forgive us.
Today we are called to be washed clean of our sins. Lent is a time of preparation and forgiveness, so what a perfect time to be made clean. Wash in God’s forgiveness, be grateful of his unconditional love and mercy, extend forgiveness to those who have hurt you and try to emulate the type of faith that a child has.
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