Christmas Tide (11th January, 2019)
First Reading: 1 Jn 5:5-13
Gospel: Lk 5:12-16
Today’s gospel bears an account of the cure of a leper. This account of a leper receiving cure of leprosy has an important lesson for us. The lesson is to let God’s will be done in our life. Seeing Jesus, the leper falls on his face and beseeches him saying. “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean”. This contains both request for cure as well as trust in what Jesus can do for the leper. The second aspect of course is an essential element in this episode.
The trust in God’s care and protection is an important aspect in prayer. Prayer is not actually to make realize what we want God to do in our lives but to realize God’s plan in our lives and the world. It is never our won that comes first but God’s will. The events preceding the birth of Jesus in other words, the key element beginning with the birth of Jesus and the end of his life on earth point towards the single aspect of God’ plan fulfilled or come true. Here at the announcement of good news to Mother Mary by the angels. She says, “Let it be done according to your will”. The same is uttered by Jesus Christ at the Cross. “… But it is not my will but your will be done” (Mt 26:39). So we see that beginning and the end of existence of Jesus on the earth as mark what God will for His son Jesus Christ.
Not only at these events, but throughout the Gospel we find several instances where Jesus had intention on fulfilling the will of God, the Father. The will of God is the divine plan of God that will happen in the mean time. The plan of God in actual world may be good or bad, enriching or discouraging. For example, in 1 Pet 3:17, Peter writes, “It is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil”. What it means is that doing God’s will would imply sufferings and undergoing persecutions too. And the will of God for us is revealed through scriptures. The will of God comes to us also through teachings of the Church and thirdly it comes to us through human authorities inspired by God. It is in fulfilling the will of God that we walk in His path strongly unshaken by any storm that may batter us and be saved from every danger that lie on our path. As the leper had trust in Jesus, we also should surrender ourselves to Him saying, “Lord if you will, you can make me what you want me to be”. Amen.