Reflection from Fr. Taylor: February 11, 2018, 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46     1 Corinthians 10:31-11:2     Mark 1:40-45

As we embark on the Lenten Season St. Mark presents us with an unusual story in the healing of the Leper. In many healing stories we learn that healing actually begins with faith. Faith is believing God can change things and with that Jesus performs miracle after miracle showing that He is the Lord of life.  For the Leper the most important thing was not his illness, but that he had faith that he could overcome.

This is very important in our own lives. For many illnesses perhaps we can not get a cure, but we can have faith in the possibilities. Often a spiritual healing is much more important than a physical one. Even if the leper had not been cured the rest of his life would have been spent praising the Lord, for he knew he was loved and was cared about.  As we go about our daily responsibilities we must understand this in our own life and in the lives of our brothers and sisters. Indeed God puts us here to take care of each other in good works.

This coming Wednesday we embark on a spiritual six week journey of Lent. It is a journey that we take together. The most important thing is not what we give up or our fasting during Lent, but how these have the possibility of changing us. Let us make the most of this in our spiritual growth during the Lenten Season. The leper asked to be cured. We ask to grow closer to the Lord and one another during this most holy time.

May you have a blessed and peace-filled Lenten Season.


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