Like most people, I have habits some might think are a bit weird.
One of them is to do things like wipe any water drops from around a sink after I use it, or straighten up counters, coffee tables, desks, and even magazine racks at the market checkout.
When I lived with my brothers I’d come into the kitchen and clean off the counters, not realizing one of them was in the process of cooking something.
I need order around me.
When I’m stressed, I especially love cleaning and organizing – dust, dishes, laundry…it all helps.
Last week was a bit rough for me with leaks that made a bit of a mess in the Faith Formation Office and my apartment.
At home, I had to move furniture for drywall to be cut, which covered everything in a layer of white dust. Ugh.
Yesterday it was quiet in the morning after we set up for Elementary Sessions before any Catechists or families came.
I sat and read the readings for this coming Sunday.
In the Gospel Reading Jesus does some cleaning…a different kind of cleaning.
“If you wish, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.” Mark 1:40-41
Jesus healed a person with Leprosy, which today is called Hansen’s Disease.
It causes terrible sores on the body, which can lead to the loss of body parts.
People with Leprosy were considered unclean and were shunned from society.
As I read this Gospel story, I thought, what do I want to ask Jesus to make me clean from? Envy? Stress? Judgementalism?
Is my faith strong enough to believe He can do it?
How about you? What do you want Jesus to make you clean from?
Can you ask Him to do so with the faith that He can?
Interesting to think about and something to talk with Jesus about.
Blessings of healing to you!