When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I do choose. Be made clean!” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
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St. Irenaeus may seem an ancient bishop and martyr, except for his wonderful phrase that is ever new: God’s glory is man fully alive. Part of a larger instruction on dealing with the heresies of the late 2nd century, this maxim goes right to the heart of living our faith amidst life’s daily successes and struggles.
Irenaeus’ quote was a favorite of Pope John Paul II. He used it at two World Youth Days as an invitation to young people to develop their God-given talents fully and to place them at the service of the gospel and those in need. John Paul urged a generous heart and a faith-filled spirit, especially in the face of very real 20th century heresies.
For me, when do I find myself “fully alive”? How does my heart expand as I use my gifts and talents as Jesus invites in the gospel? What practical difference can I make in living the Lord’s gospel…just this weekend?
–The Jesuit Prayer Team
Lord, sometimes we allow the day to day expectations to overwhelm us and to steal our laughter and happiness. We forget to acknowledge the many gifts and opportunities that fill up our lives. This day will be different. We pray for perspective and for balance. And then we can give witness to St. Irenaeus proclamation, “God’s glory is man fully alive.”
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