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Reflections on the Daily Readings
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January 10th, 2014
by
Megan Lightfoot
Bio | Email: MeganLightfoot@creighton.edu

“Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”  What great faith and confidence the man with leprosy had in Jesus.  This man believed that Jesus could heal him and he asked to be healed.  Too often I find myself asking Jesus to heal me, to forgive me, or to grant me a grace; but not asking with full belief and confidence that He will actually do it.  I know it is good to ask the Lord when we are in need, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” -Matthew 7:7  This asking is done with the confidence and belief that if God wills it, He will do it.  We are all sinners, we all experience some kind of brokenness in our human experience.  We too have places in our lives where we need to be made clean.  As the leper did, we fall before Jesus asking with faith, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”  And just as real as Jesus responded to the leper, seeing the faith in his eyes and hearing the faith in his prayer, he is also saying to us, “I do will it.  Be made clean.” 

Too often I think we get caught up in only wanting to give our best to the Lord.  While this is a good and noble desire, Jesus came so that we may have life, “I write these things to you so that you may know that you have eternal life, you who believe in the name of the Son of God.”  If we are honest with ourselves, life is messy.  It includes our best and our worst.  There are joys and sorrows, successes and failures, moments of faithfulness and sinfulness.  This is life and Jesus wants to enter into this.  Jesus, the King of Glory, was born into a mess and laid in a manger- a messy makeshift crib likely covered in animal saliva and food.  In the first few days of His life, His parents had to flee with Him to save His life.

This is Jesus who dined with tax-collectors, prostitutes, and sinners of all kinds.  God is not afraid of your messiness.  He wants all of you; not just your best, but also your worst.  He wants your worst so that He can make you clean, for He truly wills it.  He wants all of us.  We need not fear and try to hide our worst from Him, for He alone is the one who can truly make us clean.  He desires to bring us out of our sinfulness, to be made clean immediately through the sacrament of confession and to proclaim with great joy, “Praise the Lord, Jerusalem!” 

Lord, thank you for desiring to enter into our lives, even into our messiness.  I pray today that we may invite you into the areas of our lives that need to be made clean; that we may approach you in the sacrament of Confession with great thankfulness for the gift of being made clean.  May we always know of Your love for us, that we may have eternal life. 

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