Though for the day reflection from this morning Gospel Jan 8 Jesus touches the Leper “Soul Institute”

Pope Francis teaches us about this morning Gospel “The episode of the healing of the leper takes place in three brief phases: the sick man’s supplication, Jesus’ response, the result of the miraculous healing. The leper beseeches Jesus, “kneeling”, and says to Him: “If you will, you can make me clean” (v. 40). Jesus responds to this humble and trusting prayer because his soul is moved to deep pity: compassion. “Compassion” is a most profound word: compassion means “to suffer-with-another”. Jesus’ heart manifests God’s paternal compassion for that man, moving close to him and touching him. And this detail is very important. Jesus “stretched out his hand and touched him…. And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean” (vv. 41-42). God’s mercy overcomes every barrier and Jesus’ hand touches the leper. He does not stand at a safe distance and does not act by delegating, but places Himself in direct contact with our contagion and in precisely this way our ills become the motive for contact: He, Jesus, takes from us our diseased humanity and we take from Him his sound and healing humanity. This happens each time we receive a Sacrament with faith: the Lord Jesus “touches” us and grants us his grace. In this case we think especially of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which heals us from the leprosy of sin.”

Jesus simply touches the man with leprosy and he is healed. Jesus is stretching out his hand and touching the wounded today. May we kneel before Jesus and say with the leper “If you will, you can make me clean,”

A couple of days ago in prayer I saw in my imagination Jesus stretching out his hands over the sick today. In the sacraments, in prayer, may we allow Jesus to touch our wounded bodies and hearts.

In prayer today allow Jesus to simply touch you with His Healing Hands.

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