February 17, 2013
2nd Sunday of Lent
St. Mark 1 : 32-45
St. Mark 9 : 14 - 29
Before Holy Qurbana
Genesis 7: 6 - 24
II Kings 5: 1 - 14
Isaiah 33: 2-9
Acts 9: 22-31
Romans 3: 27- 4: 5
St. Luke 5: 12-16, 4: 40-41
�Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. �I am willing to do it,‟ He said. �Be clean!‟ Right away the disease left him.� - Luke 5:13
In the Old Testament times, �The leprous person who has the disease shall wear torn clothes and let the hair of his head hang loose, and he shall cover his upper lip and cry out, �Unclean, unclean.� He shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease. He is unclean. He shall live alone. His dwelling shall be outside the camp.� Leviticus 13:45-46. When this was the custom among the Jews, the leper and Jesus took a different route than the normal in the incident of the healing of the leper.
The leper who was supposed to cry out �unclean� according to the rules, broke the rule and cried out in faith to the Master, �Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.� Luke 5: 12. Two things to be noted about this man were his faith and his action. He might have heard about Jesus and this brought faith inside him. He was not ready to cover up his faith because of the crowd that was watching him, the rules that was binding him or for any other reasons. He was ready enough to speak it out that Jesus is the Lord and if He is willing, he will be clean. This also shows us that he was ready to confess that he was unclean. How many of us today are ready to confess to Jesus that we are people with unclean lips, hearts and body? Even if we believe that Jesus is the son of God and He is the Savior, how many of us are ready to confess this Truth aloud? How many of us are ready to turn your back to the �rules� and �regulations� of this world and to cry out to the One who is really the Savior and to follow Him?
When we look to Jesus we can also see that He is moving �out of the box� to show His Love and to do His work that His Father has assigned Him to do. When nobody during those times dared to touch a leper we can see that, �Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man� Luke 5: 13. Jesus was also compassionate enough to hear the man�s pleading and said �I am willing,�� �Be clean!� Luke 5:13. Even if Jesus is the Son of God he wanted the man to be quiet of what happened and to go the priest and be a testimony to where he belonged. Each one of us are supposed to live the way that Jesus lived. If so, are we reaching out to the poor, the sick and the suffering? Even if we are reaching out, are we doing it for our own popularity or for His Glory? Are we living a life of testimony where ever we are placed by God?
May this lent season transform our lives to what Jesus really want us to be.
Lord Jesus I am a man of unclean lips, heart and body. If You are willing, I will be whiter than snow. Lord help me to live the life You have ordained for me and to give Glory to You every second of my life. In Jesus Name. Amen
'Lenten Devotionals' published by MGOCSM Philadelphia