Friday, 26 June 2015

The Pain of Exclusion

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies (No.134)

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 8:1-4
After Jesus had come down from the mountain large crowds followed him. A leper now came up and bowed low in front of him.
‘Sir,’ he said, ‘if you want to, you can cure me.’
Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him and said, 'Of course I want to! Be cured!’ And his leprosy was cured at once.
Then Jesus said to him, ‘Mind you do not tell anyone, but go and show yourself to the priest and make the offering prescribed by Moses, as evidence for them.’

The leper was separated from society because of his illness. He therefore suffered twice. He suffered not only physical illness, but also suffered the loneliness of isolation from family, friends and society.

The healing that Jesus brings is not just physical. The man can be reintegrated into society, so the healing can also be spiritual and emotional.

Like the leper, we have people in our own society who experience suffering and exclusion. These include many of our aged, the lonely and those with mental illness.

We are the hands of Jesus today.

Who do we know in our places of study, of work, in our families or in our neighborhood who needs healing?

We can do that by visiting, reaching out and listening to them.

Malcolm Davies

5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.

Next Reflection: Susanne Timpani Sunday 28th June, 2015