Sunday Devotional: ‘If you wish, you can make me clean’

Mark 1:40-45

A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said,
“If you wish, you can make me clean.”
Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand,
touched him, and said to him,
“I do will it. Be made clean.”
The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.
Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once.

He said to him, “See that you tell no one anything,
but go, show yourself to the priest
and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed;
that will be proof for them.”

The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter.
He spread the report abroad
so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.
He remained outside in deserted places,
and people kept coming to him from everywhere.

“If you wish, you can make me clean.”

And He did, with a simple touch of His hand, saying,

“I do will it. Be made clean.”

In our time of advances in medical science, leprosy, a bacterial infection, is curable with a multidrug regime of therapy, comprised of dapsone, rifampicin, clofazimine, and other antibiotics — over the course of 6 to 12 months.

But Jesus cured the man’s leprosy INSTANTLY, by simply willing it.

We Christians can be so habituated that our faith becomes routine and routinized.

We need to re-read the Gospel accounts of Christ, like the passage in Mark 1, with fresh eyes and minds, and be AMAZED . . . .

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May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,


13 responses to “Sunday Devotional: ‘If you wish, you can make me clean’

  1. we are all lepers, we all need to be cleansed of our sins

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  2. I trust HIM to help me rid of my MEA CULPA.

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  3. Amen and Amen Dr. Eowyn!

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  4. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    Sunday Devotional.


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  5. Truly, this is good.

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  6. Thank you, Dr. E. – much appreciated reminder.

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  7. We discussed this at Mass today. A British doctor wrote a book called “The Blessing of Pain”. It was about his search in India for a cure to leprosy. What they discovered is that lepers nervous systems do not respond correctly and it cause them to injure themselves. When that is coupled with bad hygiene you get epidemic leprosy.

    We apparently are constantly adjusting as we walk so as to use different nerves without injuring the same ones over and over. Lepers do not do this and it causes sores.

    Anyway, healing the sick is a Christian vocation. Christ is the ultimate example.

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  8. Jesus could have said something like”be cured” but he touched the guy. No one would even think of touching a leper. Everyone kept their distance. Another example of His power and love.

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    • Rocky . . . . Thank you for pointing out the infinite, tender, love that Jesus had for others. He was not afraid to come close to those with either sin or disease.

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  9. Dr Eowyn . . . . This is such a sweet aspect of the love that Jesus had for those around him. It is so puzzling that the leper did not do as Christ bid . . . he just had to be the “big man on campus,” and tell all around and all about that Christ had used His very touch to heal and make him whole again.

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    • “It is so puzzling that the leper did not do as Christ bid”

      Can you imagine having just be instantly healed of your leprosy by God, then promptly disobey what God just asked you to do?

      Such is our fallen and perverse human nature….


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