Tuesday, April 29, 2008
And there came a leper to him, beseeching him and kneeling down, said to him: "If thou wilt thou canst make me clean." And Jesus, having compassion on him, stretched forth his hand and touching him saith to him: "I will. Be thou made clean." And when he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him: and he was made clean. (Mark 1:40-42)
THE GOODNESS AND COMPASSION OF JESUS: Our Lord did not drive the leper from Him, but "had compassion on him," and touched him who was counted as unclean. And now also, Jesus drives no sinner from Him, however foul and unclean he may be, if only he will believe and do penance. Our Lord was quite ready to go to visit and help the centurion's sick servant; but in our case He condescends not merely to come into our house, but into our very hearts, in Holy Communion, so as to strengthen us, His feeble servants, and keep us in His grace.
[From 'A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture' by Bishop Knecht, D.D.] (1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)