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.
What do you expect from God?
Faith that moves mountains gets results! In Mark’s Gospel, the leper’s statement is filled with faithful purpose. “If you choose, you can make me clean.”
When I repeat the leper’s words, it resonates as a prayer, a statement and a command rolled into one. The joyful conviction that spills out of these words is “I know God. I love God, and I am loved by my God. God has the power to heal me.” When you pray, do you expect God to do something?
—Lori Stanley is the Executive Director of Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, CA.
Lord, you want me to ask for what I want, knowing that my prayer gives you great honor. You are my merciful and gracious father who is waiting to meet my needs. Amen.