Reflection on Matthew 8:1-4
There are many times in my life that I feel “clean” such as after a good confession, a sincere prayer, a silent walk into nature, during Mass, helping others, and a focused conversation with my wife. With all the effort I put in, it would seem remaining clean would be easy. Yet, my life with Jesus is like a roller coaster, as I constantly rise then fall into knowing “leprosy” so my experiences can teach me how to humbly offer an outstretched hand to the crowd.
Matthew 8 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Jesus Cleanses a Leper
When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; 2 and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” 3 He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I do choose. Be made clean!” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 8:1-4.