Reflection on Luke 5:12-16 ~
I go through several phases when I think it is time to go to confession. First, I recall the intensity of the moments when I sinned. I then have to decide if I have already asked for and received forgiveness, especially for those sins that are more minor in nature. As my mind assembles those that are worthy of presenting to the Lord I feel shame. I become the leper, knowing I must prostrate and plead before the Lord to make me whole. More importantly, in my heart I know that I will be made clean in the process
Luke 5 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Jesus Cleanses a Leper
12 Once, when he was in one of the cities, there was a man covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” 13 Then Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do choose. Be made clean.” Immediately the leprosy left him. 14 And he ordered him to tell no one. “Go,” he said, “and show yourself to the priest, and, as Moses commanded, make an offering for your cleansing, for a testimony to them.” 15 But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. 16 But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Luke 5:12-16.