Readings of the day:
Psalm 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
The expression “Lord if you wish” shows the humility in the man with leprosy who approached Jesus for healing in the third reading of today. He could have demanded a miracle out of utter pride or feel he deserved it.
This is a great thing to learn from, for in our suffering, we are to approach Jesus like this man with leprosy (an outcast of the society) did, saying “Lord if you wish, heal me”. Not saying things like “Lord, you know i have done million of things for you, aren’t you going to heal me”, but we should rather prostrate at his feet with humility of heart. The response showed how super compassionate Jesus was, “I will do it, be made clean”. He loves us and always wants to tend to our every need; He longs for us to stay with Him and He would give us what He knows is best for us. Even if it seems the suffering is unending, there’s a greater good out of it.
It’s never easy to endure suffering, but we have a redeemer who has gone down this path and He sure knows how it feels. He passed through every phase of humanity we can ever think of, and He who passed through all this knows the limit we can endure and what’s best for us at every moment.
May God grant the Sick and those suffering if he wish through Christ our Lord, amen.