Skip to main content

"If you choose... You can heal me"

     Every where we look in our world there are outcasts.  Whether it be in politics, society or work, outcasts- those separated from the rest- are everywhere, and it's not a good thing. Being in a high school, it is easy to identify the outcasts ( like in all highschools). The ones that are lonely, walking the halls by themselves. eating lunch alone, and those who can be visibly seen separated from the group.  Walking in any city, one could see homeless on the streets, asking for money, or sleeping in the most uncomfortable of places. These, obviously are the current day outcasts. 

     In the time period of Jesus, their was just as many outcasts. The tax collectors,Lepers, those born blind, the poor, women, thieves, and the list goes on.  In todays Gospel, Jesus heals one of those outcasts, a leper. In the first chapter  of Mark, we have very little teachings from Jesus. Rather, we are given the accounts of his miracles and how he helped others out. So to begin his Gospel, Mark establishes Jesus identity, as one of power, compassion, and encounter. 

     " ' If you choose, you can make me clean'  'I do choose. be made clean' "  After making the effort to come to Jesus, the man with leprosy gave Jesus a choice; heal me if you want. Moved with pity Jesus decides to heal the man. Jesus didn't have to- it was his choice and he wanted to. Through this action, Jesus is establishing a role that he would want is all to have. 

     Todays reading as less to do about the actual healing as it does helping others. Our call as Catholics is to be like Jesus in this scenario. No, not going around healing lepers, but rather something more possible; including ourselves with the outcasts. In Mark 2:17 Jesus says, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.I have not come to call the righteous, but [the] outcasts. 

    We are challenged to make friends with the person sitting alone at lunch, to help the hungry, to give people a drink, to clothe the naked and to visit those imprisoned. We cannot forget about the outcasts. Jesus touched the untouchable, and so subtracts himself from society. But it is the challenge to stretch out our hands in support.  Jesus answered the call of the outcast ," If you choose you can make me clean." The modern day outcasts are still calling, " If you choose you can help me" It is up to us to choose to help other. 

Jesus did. 

Will you? 


Popular posts from this blog

Forgive... Not Seven times but Seventy Seven times

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
Matthew 18:21-22 
It's very hard to forgive. Forgiveness is essential to our life here on earth. Jesus gave us the perfect example of forgiveness while he was on earth. Jesus loved us so much that he bore all our sins on the cross that goes before us. Every wrong we have done; every pain has become  A LOT LIGHTER because Jesus bore it before us.
Jesus is asked by his own, disciples, how many times should they forgive. Because they know that they have to forgive, and they know they everyone does wrong, but how much is enough? We need to draw a line right? No.
Jesus tells us that we shouldn't just forgive seven times. He told us to forgive 77 times. Or 77 X 7 times. Which is a more perfect number. Jesus told us that we must forgive has many times that someone does wrong. …

Fishers of Men

I have had the pleasure recently to start teaching again the First Penance and Eucharist at my Parish. It is always  a great time for me to know that I am laying the seeds of God in their heart and knowing that I am preparing them for a once-in-life-time event.  I love seeing the kids who are earnest to learn and who want to be there.

     In todays' Gospel, we are presented with an overview of Jesus life. Jesus does three distinctive things, that Matthew wraps up very quickly. He teaches, proclaims, and heals. These three unfold for us what we can expect from Jesus during his life time.  However, before he begins his own life and mission one thing had to happen- the Death of John the Baptist. John, we know, was the last of the Prophets and his main mission was to make sure people were finally ready for the King  to come. Jesus, therefore, couldn't start until the paths were made straight.

     Jesus mission on earth is the great light that has appeared in the darkness. In…

Feed My Sheep

During this Easter season we are given the opportunity to listen and reflect on the word of God from the Gospel of John. For the third and final time this weekend, we will hear a post-resurrection appearance of Christ to his apostles. It is through these appearances that Christ proves his resurrection, dispels the darkness of doubt in his apostle’s mind, and commissions them to make known the love and joy of these events to the world.

The Gospel this weekend tells us that after the death and resurrection of Christ, the disciples have returned to fishing, as they once did before they followed Christ. These skilled fishermen do not catch anything all night, until a man comes on the shore of the beach and tells them to cast their net on the right side of the boat, and they catch an abundance of fish, that the net should have broke, but it did not. After they caught these fish, the apostles realized that it was the Lord, who has now called them a second time from their job of fishing to …