Catholic Mass Readings and Reflection June 28, 2024


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R/. O let my tongue cleave to my palate if I remember you not!

V/. Alleluia

R/. Alleluia

V/. Christ took our illnesses and bore our diseases.

R/. Alleluia.

When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And 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, for a proof to them.”

1.      The regular and serial besiege and exile of the kings of Judah, of the city of Jerusalem and the people, is a hard indication and lesson that infidelity to God and His moral principles will throw our life into shatters. Evil may bring quick gains and temporary pleasures but will have long-lasting disasters and distress

2.      It is not a defeat or powerlessness or indifference of God.  Rather, it is a pointer to all that merely subscribing to a religion or pronouncing God’s name will not do good. What is needed is a faithful and integral life.

3.      In the light of the gospel, it is to be healed of leprosy that corrodes a person and alienates him from society One should get rid of the interior and spiritual leprosy that eats away the sanity and wholeness of the person.

4.      All of us need healing and restoration of the lost health. For this, like the leper, we need an earnest desire to approach the Lord, and to get cleaned and healed by God. We must humbly plead the Lord, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean”. And the Lord is always ready to heal us,

5.      The Lord is always ready to heal us, saying, “I will; be clean”. Many a time, many continue unhealed and unclean because they lack this deep desire and turn to God.

6.      At a time when the church was being threatened by the leprous-like infection of heresies, St Irenaeus, the bishop of Lyons stood firm, defended the truth of faith and was martyred

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