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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Jesus did what?! He touched a leper? Is he crazy? Ignatius, too, says crazy stuff, like sometimes it might be good to pray for actual poverty. It is probably important to admit, as Paul says, that these things do appear to be “foolishness,” but are we also willing to go a step further and let God show us why Jesus might invite us to do “foolish” things? Paul says “the Spirit working within us can do more than we can ask or even imagine,” so it stands to reason that, at some point in a sincere faith walk, we are going to do things that others will think is crazy.
What “crazy” things might God be calling me to consider? Maybe to risk advancement at work to spend more time with family? Or to invite ridicule by reaching out to someone that others see as a loser? Or …
—Fr. Tim Hipskind, S.J. is co-director of the Institute for Leadership and Service, as well as Director of Service Learning at the University of Detroit Mercy. He regularly ministers to Hispanic Catholics in the Detroit area.
May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that we may live deep within our hearts.
May God bless us with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
May God bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, hunger, and war, so that we may reach out our hands to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless us with enough foolishness to believe that we can make a difference in this world, so that we can do what others claim cannot be done, to bring justice and kindness to all our children and to the poor.
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