Young Adults of St Francis

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Posted on: February 14, 2012

AN EPIDEMIC OF LEPROSY

“A leper approached Him with a request.” —Mark 1:40
Our society and churches are filled with lepers. These people don’t have physical leprosy, which is Hanson’s disease, but the spiritual leprosy of self-hatred. They continually “cry out ‘Unclean, Unclean!’ ” (Lv 13:45) They do things to turn people away from them. They even tell God to stay away from them. They wallow in depression and degrade themselves through self-destructive compulsions such as overeating, alcoholism, gambling, TV addiction, sexual promiscuity, masturbation, gossip, etc.

Only one Person can cure leprosy — Jesus. In our leprous condition, we must kneel down and make an act of faith in Jesus, saying: “If You will do so, You can cure” us (Mk 1:40). He will have mercy on us, stretch out His hand, touch us, and say: “I do will it. Be cured” (Mk 1:41). Then we will be freed from years of self-hatred and self-destruction. We will no longer be degraded by the tyranny of doing what feels good. We will be truly free and fully alive.

Then we should tell the good news of our healing to whomever the Lord leads us. These people may also be lepers. They may have been discouraged by the lepers in their family and church. By sharing our healing, we will open them to Jesus. They will no longer tell Jesus to stay away from them, but will let Him touch them.

Prayer: Father, may I repent of self-hatred and let Jesus touch me in Confession.
Promise: “Whether you eat or drink — whatever you do — you should do all for the glory of God.” —1 Cor 10:31

“One Bread, One Body Winter into Lent February 1, 2012 through March 31, 2012”

Volume 28, No.2 © October, 2011. Presentation Ministries, Inc. Cincinnati, Ohio.

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