It is 5th March 2018. The readings are from 2 Kings 5:1-15; and the Gospel from Luke 4:24-30. God does not demand something great to heal us. God asks us to do the least but the most significant cleansing to enjoy the graces and blessings of God. Bodily sickness has the roots and connections to what is going on right deep within oneself. When the spirit of the person is not at peace, the person is liable to bodily sickness. It is the favour of God for those who are willing to repent and be converted. It is only through personal conversion of heart we qualify for the blessings of the Lord. It is time to heal our woundedness with in. The Lent is very personal healing time. Unless we are healed internally, we will be blind in the rest of the areas. Without being cleansed and purified, we can never be charitable. Charity is not a spontaneous act of a believer rather it is a personal and will full act that opens up the hearts to give. The irony is those who have faith in God do not believe in the healing power of God; those who do not accept the power of God know and experience the healing of God. In the first reading, Naaman was asked by the Prophet Elisha to clean himself in the river water. Even though he agitated first, yet he went and experienced the power of God. “Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean.” (2Kgs. 5:10). That is exactly the same God tells each one of us in the Lent to wash ourselves clean in the life-giving water of God, Jesus Christ. The healing of interior walls of our souls is not reserved only to some chosen ones but it is for all. We are reminded of the waters of Baptism that cleansed all our sins. God wishes to cleanse us through Christ. Are we willing to give preference to those that matters the soul, mind and heart? Unless we are healed, we will remain thirsty and hungry for God. The responsorial Psalm praises, “My soul is thirsting for God, the God of my life; when can I enter and see the face of God?” (Ps.41:3). The Gospel reminds us that God send his people into our lives to make us come closer to Him. Do we accept the ones who point our sickness of the soul and willing to come near to God? “No prophet is ever accepted in his own country.” (Lk.4:24). When was the last time we went to the waters of healing in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation? May we make effort to clean the leprosy of our souls without searching for an extraordinary display of healing. May you have a good day. God bless you.

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