Sunday, February 16, 2014

Luke 5:12-13: Jesus Christ's Salvific Love

"While [Jesus] was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and besought him, "Lord, if you will, you can make me clean." And he stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, "I will; be clean." And immediately the leprosy left him."
 ~ Luke 5:12-13 (RSV)

When we call out to Christ with contrite hearts, He answers. Sin and brokenness are our leprosy, and if we are not careful we become outcasts of the kingdom and roam outside the gates of grace. 

It is easy to let the leprosy of our sins infect our daily judgement, anesthetize us to The Trinity's truth, and to become modern-day people living in a relativistic world.  We are sometimes blinded by our secular society, thinking that we must adapt to the modern way of thinking.  But this thinking quietly paves the way for the insidious path of sin.  Before we realize it, we are in the middle of a deaf and blind existence.  We become numb to living the Decalogue, the teachings of Matthew 5-7, and loving God above all things and our neighbor as ourselves. We wallow in the mire of disfigurement like that of the leper. 

Through Jesus, however, all we need is to ask for His merciful touch, His unending forgiveness.  It starts with us, though. For we are given the free will to make God our choice. When in faith we cry out for the saving grace of Christ's touch, He cleanses us and we are made new.  It is through the infinite love and mercy of Jesus that "immediately the leprosy [leaves us]" and we are brought back to the loving arms of God.