Day 08 Thursday, March 14, 2019
Healing a leper
Once, when he was in one of the cities, there was a man covered with leprosy.
When he saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground and begged him,
“Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.”
Then Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do choose.
Be made clean.” Immediately the leprosy left him.
And he ordered him to tell no one. “Go,” he said,
“and show yourself to the priest, and, as Moses commanded,
make an offering for your cleansing, for a testimony to them.”
But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad;
many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases.
Faith – noun: A firm belief in something for which there is no proof.
When you read the passage, by which were you most struck,
the faith of the of the man with leprosy, or the compassion of Jesus?
Whatever your answer to this question, always remember this;
Jesus’ compassion was not a reward for his faith.
It was a gift of love, freely given by Jesus.
When you pray today, remember this also;
Jesus stretched out His hand to heal us as well,
both of them actually, on the cross.