For a more enriching experience,
go down on your knees to pray or take it one step further
and prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor while praying.
Father, it goes without saying that Jesus had all kinds of reasons why He would tell someone that He healed to tell no one. In the reading below, after Jesus heals the leper He says to him, "Go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them." which was following the proper lines of communication and rank in society at that time. Even though Jesus was clear who He was, He still followed the accepted lines of communication and law of the land. Just like when He told Peter (in Matthew 27:17) to go to the river and get the coin out of the mouth of the first fish he catches and that would be their temple tax that they would be expected to pay, just as everyone else. Jesus was not about stepping on anyone's toes. He was not taking advantage of who He knew Himself to be and then expecting or giving Himself special treatment. He followed the customs and the laws of the land He was visiting. In this case, it was customary for a healed leper to go show themselves to the priest and it would be the priest who would declare the leper clean. The priest would then have the cleansed person go through a certain ritual (Leviticus 14:1-20) before being brought back into the fold.
Father, thank You for this awareness today. Not only do we see celebrities expect and receive special treatment these days, but there are times when I have found myself in the thought process of deserving special treatment or a special arrangement because of who I think I am, what I did or who I may know. There is a reason why Jesus told the leper not to tell anyone and in this case it was to follow the law of the land. Certainly the rest of the crowd was going to tell that Jesus healed the leper (how could anyone not tell) and Jesus would have His credit where credit was due. Still, the leper did as he was told and went through the proper lines of communication and followed the strict custom. Thank You for giving me insight as to why the proper lines of communication should be followed and thank You for the gentle reminder that my line of communication should always begin with You.
Through Jesus Christ's Most Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face, I thank You for this awareness. Amen~
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke
12 Now there was a man full of leprosy in one of the towns where He was; and when he saw Jesus, he fell prostrate, pleaded with Him, and said, "Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean."
13 Jesus stretched out His hand, touched him, and said, "I do will it. Be made clean." And the leprosy left him immediately.
14 Then He ordered him not to tell anyone, but "Go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them."
15 The report about Him spread all the more, and great crowds assembled to listen to Him and to be cured of their ailments,
16 but He would withdraw to deserted places to pray.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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