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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 7, A.D. 2005

1 John 5:5-13
Psalm 147:12-15,19-20
Luke 5:12-16

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean"

There is nothing that we can do that cannot be forgiven by our Lord. However, we must have the courage and the humility to ask.

The Lord knows our troubles, but it is part of discipline for each of us to realize what they are and to ask for help. In asking for help we admit that we are not fully in control, that not everything goes according to the plans we make.

So with this man, a leper through no fault of his own, and yet not in control of the disease or of his destiny. The physical illness helped him to understand that.

For most of us, our illness is within--the deep, leprous wound of sin. But if we are humble and if we ask, Jesus can touch that as readily or more readily than touching a physical body.

Rejoice in the healing that is ours if only we ask. Rejoice in the love of the Father who sends Jesus to serve, to cure, to help us into heaven.

Rejoice, the Lord has come to us and is with us each day. Rejoice!

- JuandelaCruz (sriddle415 at yahoo dot com)

Lives of the saints:

Friday after the Epiphany of the Lord
St. Raymond of Penafort, priest

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