Matthew 8:1-4 Reflection – Knowing Leprosy

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.

Additional Ordinary Time Reflections


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; and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I do choose. Be made clean!” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 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.