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Thursday January 12th: Go to him anyway

“Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.”

Mark 1:40-45

The leper knew very well what he was asking of Jesus – to go against Moses’ law and interact with a leper. I believe he also knew Jesus may be willing to do this, because he was merciful. In acting on his belief and noting Jesus’ wonderful response we know the expanse of Jesus’ mercy.

We are encouraged to go to Jesus with our own infirmity whether of mind, body or spirit, knowing the extent Jesus would go to heal us. There may be instances when we believe the depth of our sinfulness is unforgivable. It is in these moments of despair that St Mark asks us to consider the courage of the leper, to go to Jesus with his situation; and to reflect on those healing words of Jesus – “I will; be clean”.

If today you are anxious about your life do like the leper and the sick and go to Jesus; in the deserted places, he is waiting on you.