June 28, St. Irenaeus
See how the Lord blesses those who fear him. — Psalm 128:4
Mass Readings: Genesis 17:1,9-10,15-22/Matthew 8:1-4
Today’s Gospel had me wondering about how I come to Jesus. How I ask God for this or that. Repeatedly. How I accept His answer. Matthew says the leper “approached him, paid him homage and said, ‘Lord, if you wish you can make me clean.”
I’m familiar with the “if you wish.” It’s a variation of the Our Father’s “thy will be done.” But the “paid him homage”? Before asking, the leper demonstrated reverence and respect. He made it clear he understood Jesus was the Lord and he, well, was not. That doesn’t mean he was afraid of Jesus — of God — but he had his priorities straight. First comes praise. Then comes petition. Usually, that’s not my approach but I think I’ll try it more often. Or at least I’ll try to remember “Hallowed be thy name” comes first.
Prayer: Praised be Your name, dear God!
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