READINGS for 2009-02-15

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So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31
A friend of mine who met this very pretty born-again actress once narrated to me how “O.A.” (overacting) the latter was for saying grace aloud before opening a pack of Chippy. I laughed when I heard that. I thought that was an exaggerated show of her faith.
Now that I recall that story, I realize that there was nothing wrong with what she did. After all, we were taught in school to say grace before meals. And if she wanted to thank and glorify God aloud for her snack, then I commend her for the courage to have done so.
We do not need to do mighty deeds to give back the glory to God. If we could offer to Him the little things we do, like watering the plants, bathing the dog, cooking for the family, saying grace before and after meals, or encouraging a co-worker, then He will be glorified; for it is in our littlest deeds of love that He shines through.Nova Arias
How have I brought glory to God today?
You are the reason why I am here, Lord. May everything I do be for Your glory.


In ancient times, cultures treated many diseases with great fear as they did not have a cure for them. Leprosy was one of them. People were excluded from the community if they had the disease not because of their sins, but because they wanted to ensure they did not pass the disease on to others. The sort of theology that developed linking such diseases with sin was merely an attempt to justify the exclusion of the sick people on faith or theological grounds. Today, modern medicine has changed our attitude through our greater knowledge of diseases and their cures. Let us thank God for the good advances of modern medicine.
Leviticus 13:1-2. 44-46
1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, 2 “If someone has on his skin a scab or pustule or blotch which appears to be the sore of leprosy, he shall be brought to Aaron, the priest, or to one of the priests among his descendants. 44 If the man is leprous and unclean, the priest shall declare him unclean by reason of the sore on his head. 45 “The one who bears the sore of leprosy shall keep his garments rent and his head bare, and shall muffle his beard; he shall cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean!’ 46 As long as the sore is on him he shall declare himself unclean, since he is in fact unclean. He shall dwell apart, making his abode outside the camp.”
Psalm 32:1-2. 5. 11 (7)
R: I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.
1 Blessed is he whose fault is taken away, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed the man to whom the LORD imputes not guilt, in whose spirit there is no guile. (R) 5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you, my guilt I covered not. I said, “I confess my faults to the LORD,” and you took away the guilt of my sin. (R) 11 Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you just; exult, all you upright of heart. (R)
Paul sought to be available to any and everyone, if he thought there would be an opportunity to proclaim the Gospel. I tend to think he was somewhat obsessed with the desire to share the Gospel, but hey, I cannot think of a better obsession to have than that one! If only more of us had a similar commitment to sharing the Gospel, the Christian message might be better followed and spread throughout the world. There is still a lot of work to do before the Gospel will have spread to the ends of the earth.
1 Corinthians 10:31–11:1
31 Brothers and sisters: Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. 32 Avoid giving offense, whether to Jews or Greeks or the church of God, 33 just as I try to please everyone in every way, not seeking my own benefit but that of the many, that they may be saved. 11: 1 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
Jesus asks the man He has healed of leprosy to keep quiet about His healing. This is impossible as he was once excluded from society and can now mix freely. He will be forced to tell the people what has happened to him. Jesus knows this and thus we need to look for another reason for His request. Perhaps He wants to try and avoid the attention that will come to Him because of this healing as it will give Him publicity He would rather avoid if it means the authorities will try to restrict His movements.
Mark 1:40-45
40 A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” 41 Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.” 42 The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean. 43 Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once. 44 Then he said to him, “See that you tell no one anything, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.” 45 The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter. He spread the report abroad so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly. He remained outside in deserted places, and people kept coming to him from everywhere.
my reflections
think:There is still a lot of work to do before the Gospel will have spread to the ends of the earth.

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Be made clean
A leper comes to Jesus. Leprosy was a common affliction in the ancient times. It may not necessarily have been leprosy; it may have been any kind of skin disease — boils, white spots, rashes, open wounds and burns. If these symptoms changed rapidly, it was not leprosy. Leprosy was considered a terrible curse on a person. Lepers were pronounced as unclean by the Levite priest and could not participate in any ceremonial service, had to stay away from the Tabernacle and Tent of Meeting area, and had to isolate himself away from people and public places.
Certain regulations had to be followed by the afflicted person. He had to wear torn clothes, his hair had to be unkempt, and should cover the lower part of his face. In approaching people he was to shout out, “Unclean, unclean.” Anyone who made contact with such a person was regarded as unclean.
Imagine the attitude of the leper who comes to Jesus. He knows his desperate situation. He knows as well that by approaching, he can make Jesus unclean. That is why the leper, says, “If you want to, you can make me clean.” Yet Jesus overlooks the ceremonial and is moved with compassion. He stretches out His hand, touches the leper and pronounces him clean. The leprosy leaves immediately at the touch of Jesus.
Certain requirements had to be met as proof of healing from the infectious disease. Jesus tells the man to go and do these things. The man can’t keep it a secret; in fact the report spreads abroad.
Each of us has leprosy. It may not be a skin disease but a sin disease. We are afflicted with uncleanness through sin. Perhaps we, too, are desperate, “If you want to, Lord, you can make me clean.” For sure the Lord wants to, but do we? We say we want to be clean, to be rid of sin, but are we serious in our commitment to follow Jesus? Jesus is moved by any person who approaches Him in humility. Jesus is moved to cleanse and heal us from our sin disease. He is moved to reach out and touch us with His grace and mercy. He is moved with compassion and pity. Fr. Brian Steele, MGL
Reflection Question:
What are the diseases in my life that I must bring to the Lord for healing and cleansing?
Lord, if You are willing, make me clean and help me to live in purity, faith and holiness. Amen.
St. Lucius, Bishop, pray for us.

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