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HARVEST OF JOY AND GOD’S LOVE(Mk 1:40-45; Douay-Rheims Bible)

“And there came a leper to Jesus, beseeching Him, and kneeling down said to Him: If Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean. And Jesus having compassion on him, stretched forth His hand; and touching him, saith to him: I will. Be thou made clean. And when He had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was made clean. And He strictly charged him, and forthwith sent him away. And he saith to him: See thou tell no one; but go, shew thyself to the high priest, and offer for thy cleansing the things that Moses commanded, for a testimony to them. But he being gone out, began to publish and to blaze abroad the word: so that Jesus could not openly go into the city, but was without in desert places: and they flocked to Him from all sides.”

‭‭ My dearest beloved brethren, the leper said to Jesus: “If Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean.” This is akin to the prayer Jesus said to God the Father before His passion, His betrayal, His persecution and death, when He said: “My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from Me. Nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” (Mt 26‬:‭39‬).

So, whether it was by the Lord Jesus or by the leper, all petitions/prayers are all about God’s Will, not our own will.

Many of us, when we remember to pray, we mostly ask God to bless us with all the things we need and we don’t remember to add, ‘if it is Thy Will’ or ‘let Thy Will be done.’

I pray Lord to grant us the Grace to understand that sometimes our prayers may not be answered exactly the way we said them, and the grace to accept whatever we get after our prayers as the WILL of God, in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

You’re always thankful to God for all He is doing for you. Even when you don’t receive your wish, you still thank God because you realize that in all things and in all circumstances we should give glory to God, dear God’s beloved children.

Even at human level, we always feel happy and want to do more when we give help to others and they appreciate our efforts. Jesus told the leper whom He made clean, to “go, shew thyself to the high priest, and offer for thy cleansing the things that Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.” (Mk 1‬:‭44‬).

The Lord Jesus was telling the leper made clean to go and offer thanksgiving for the good deed done to him by the Lord. In other words, the Lord Jesus Himself expects us to give thanksgiving to appreciate God’s blessings and gifts to us.

I pray for us to derive joy in appreciating God’s gifts and blessings to us by offering thanksgiving to God, today and everyday of our lives, in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth I pray. Amen.

Be courageous and fearless in the Lord; for God is with you. You’re blessed; remain blessed!!!

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