Friday 26th June Feria
Gospel Reading – Matthew 8:1-4
After Jesus had come down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him. Suddenly a man with a virulent skin-disease came up and bowed low in front of Him, saying, ‘Lord, if You are willing,
You can cleanse me.’ Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him saying, ‘I am willing. Be cleansed.’ And his skin-disease was cleansed at once. Then Jesus said to him, ‘Mind you tell no one, but go and show yourself to the priest and make the offering prescribed by Moses, as evidence to them.’
The Gospel of the Lord
The Mass intention is for Patrick Cassidy RIP
Today’s Gospel from Saint Matthew reminds us that as Jesus is walking down from His Sermon on the Mount into the valley below, and is mobbed by the people. In the midst of all this, a person who was a social outcast greets Him. This man was suffering from a bad skin infection and decided to cut across his social status to both humble himself and be bold enough to go the great Teacher for the possibility of a healing. He receives his healing; his social status is also healed, all in accordance to the law and the grace that is to come.
- How important is social status to you? How important is it to Jesus?
- What is in your way of having faith and trust in Jesus in all things?