Homily for Friday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle II
Theme: The grace of healing
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Friday June 26 2020
(Mt. 8:1-4) Friday of the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus heals a leper. The exchange between Jesus and the leper reveals a lot about Jesus and healing. We cannot force God to heal us. We have to subject ourselves to His will (“Lord, if you wish you can make me clean.”). The grace of healing is a manifestation of God’s power and love. We ought to offer thanksgiving for those graces. God does not owe us anything. We rely on His graces. Jesus commanded the healed leper to offer thanksgiving. Finally, Jesus told him not to tell anyone. We can think of a lot of reasons why. But the real reason was not to see Jesus only as a miracle worker but the Messiah. The miracle is not the end but a directional sign pointing to Jesus as the Savior.
Healings, specially physical ones, are very dear to the human heart. It is one of God’s best sign of His power and presence. Jesus, in His life and ministry, took so much care not to make them His central piece. He was not alone as a miracle worker. There were others who had done similar, if not more spectacular ones. He did. It want to be lined up with them. He was a class of His own because He healed not only the physical sickness but the spiritual sickness as well. Healing miracles were opportunities for God’s power and control of human life to be seen and recognized. Hopefully, it will lead to faith and conversion.
God knows better and always. We express to Him what we want. But we have to let His will be done not ours. Everyday we are reminded of that in the Lord’s Prayer. “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” It is a prayer of committing and submitting one’s will to His. God knows our needs. We only need to express and want it. In the end, He gives the best. Hopefully we also see it as the best and accept it.
Whenever we are in need, let us remember the leper. Let us entrust to God our needs. God will respond, “A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”