Lord Jesus Christ, today I feel like that leper in the gospel, coming to you, humbly prostrating before you, asking you, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean” (Lk.5:12).
“If you wish”… sometimes that is all I can pray to you when I feel so low, so tired, even so dirty and so sick that I feel like giving up.
“If you wish”… sometimes that is all I can pray to you because I am so afraid to come to you, so timid to be near you though deep inside me, I know you only wish the best for me for “Beloved, who indeed is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is the one who came through water and blood, not by water alone, but by water and Blood. The Spirit is the one who testifies, and the Spirit is truth. So there are three who testify, the Spirit, the water, and the Blood, and the three are of one accord” (1Jn.5:5-8).
Only you O Lord Jesus Christ who is able to overcome all of life’s pains and miseries, including death because only you have joined humanity with divinity referred to by the beloved disciple as “the Spirit, the water and the Blood.”
Remove O dear Jesus everything that prevents me from coming to you despite your efforts to be near me. Help me dear Jesus to be faithful to you in all things because you only want the best for me. Thank you. AMEN. Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan.
*Photo by Jim Marpa. Used with permission.