Christmas Tide (11th January, 2019)
First Reading: 1 Jn 5:5-13
Gospel: Lk 5:12-16
Jesus Christ came to this world as Blood and water with spirit as the witness. If God does the testimony which is much greater than a human testimony and if we tend to believe human testimonies how much more valuable will the testimonies of God himself be? God’s testimony is son Jesus. God’s life is in his son Jesus.
Whoever does not have Jesus, has no life in him.
In the Gospel of Luke today, a leper approaches Jesus to be healed from his sickness. What the leper says to Jesus is “Sir if you want you can cure me.” In response Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him and said, ‘Of course I want to! Be cured!’ and the leper gets instant healing.
Even though Jesus instructed not to tell this to anyone except to the priests and make an offering to the lord for the healing as Moses prescribed which will be a proof for the priests, the whole town new about it.
Jesus’s reputation grew and all who went to Jesus got cured. Here we find Jesus’s reading in the synagogue being fulfilled as per the prophecy of Isaiah- the sick will be healed.
How is it that the leper knew that Jesus could heal him? We can come to a conclusion that the Holy Spirit prompted to him and the leper had the FAITH to ask with confidence for what he wanted. We know that leprosy could not be treated in those days and lepers were considered as sinners. All of them faced horrible death; denied and deprived by all.
For many, faith stands for: ‘Forsaking all, I trust him.’
This is exactly what saved the leper. Let’s have this faith; surrender ourselves to God and get healed from all our sicknesses. Amen.