A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, “If you choose, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I do choose. Be made clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.
After sternly warning him he sent him away at once, saying to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” But he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the word, so that Jesus could no longer go into a town openly, but stayed out in the country; and people came to him from every quarter.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
In these early days of January, I, along with others, make New Year’s resolutions – lose those 10 pounds, get my finances in order, take more time for prayer. By the middle of January I realize that I haven’t even begun. “No time today,” “I’m too busy,” “I’ll start tomorrow.” Always tomorrow.
But God’s voice calls me today to listen. Not tomorrow, but today! I never know what I will hear from God if I just stop, pause, and listen. What is God asking of me or what insight is God wanting to share with me today? If I do not take time today to hear God’s voice, I might miss a wonderful message of hope, mercy, or inspiration that will change the course of my actions for today.
So let us pray today for the grace to hear God’s voice!
—Margaret Horner earned a Master of Pastoral Studies degree from St. Francis de Sales Seminary in Milwaukee. She currently serves as the Director of Liturgy at Gesu Parish, Milwaukee, WI.
May God support us all the day long,
till the shadows lengthen and evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed
and the fever of life is over
and our work is done—
Then in mercy—
may God give us a holy rest
and peace at the last.
—John Henry Cardinal Newman