+ In the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: Amen
Lord Jesus, I know Your presence in my life and I ask that you would accompany me in this moment of prayer. Send Your Holy Spirit such that I would be able to learn to discern Your plan of love, and that I would be given the strength to follow it day by day.
– (Make in silence a brief examination of your conscience for yesterday)
I am conscious Lord, of how much I need You to purify me. I return to You humbly and trusting in Your forgiveness and Your love. Help me my Lord, to always live by Your side and to respond to You with generosity.
Today’s Gospel: “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean” (Saint Matthew 8:1-4)
When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I will do it. Be made clean.” His leprosy was cleansed immediately. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.”
Brief Spiritual Text
Meditate on this reflection given by Pope Benedict XVI:
This Sunday’s Gospel (Mk 1:40-45) shows us Jesus in touch with a form of disease then considered the most serious, so serious as to make the person infected with it “unclean” and to exclude that person from social relations: we are speaking of leprosy…While Jesus was going about the villages of Galilee preaching, a leper came up and besought him: “If you will, you can make me clean”. Jesus did not shun contact with that man; on the contrary, impelled by deep participation in his condition, he stretched out his hand and touched the man — overcoming the legal prohibition — and said to him: “I will; be clean”.
That gesture and those words of Christ contain the whole history of salvation, they embody God’s will to heal us, to purify us from the illness that disfigures us and ruins our relationships. In that contact between Jesus’ hand and the leper, every barrier between God and human impurity, between the Sacred and its opposite, was pulled down. This was not of course in order to deny evil and its negative power, but to demonstrate that God’s love is stronger than all illness, even in its most contagious and horrible form. Jesus took upon himself our infirmities, he made himself “a leper” so that we might be cleansed.
Brief Personal Meditation
(Make silence in your interior and question yourself:)
– What does the Gospel tell me?
– How does it illuminate my life?
– How do I need to change to be more like Jesus?
– What do I lack in my life, to be more like Him?
Thanksgiving and Personal Petitions
Knowing the great love that You have for each one of us, Lord, how can we not experience gratitude and awe! Just as to the leper, You have healed me of all my wounds: You are the fountain of my salvation and reconciliation. I ask for the faith and strength to reamain with You and the ardor to go and proclaim to the whole world that You are the one and only saviour.
(If you want, you can ask the Lord for your intentions)
– Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory Be
Consecration to Mary
(Finish you prayer by praying to Mary:)
My Lady and my Mother,
I entrust myself entirely to you;
and on this day, as proof of my affection, with filial love,
I dedicate to you all I am and all I have.
Keep me, support me, and defend me, your child.
+ In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: Amen