“Why do you recite my statutes, and profess my covenant with your mouth Though you hate discipline and cast my words behind you?”

That is one challenging line presented to us today in our Responsorial Psalm. How often do we claim to be devout and then do things that are totally against what we know is right?

I’m drawn back to yesterday’s readings about the leper. The first reading from Leviticus told us how the lepers where treated back in the day. Isolated from society, outcasts and told to tell anyone who comes near them – Unclean, Unclean. Then in the Gospel, we see how Jesus heals a man from leprosy by simply saying “If You wish, You can make me clean.” Thinking back on yesterday’s readings and going into today’s, how many of are unclean? How many of us feel like an outcast to the social norm? That is the beautiful mystery of Mass. I go into Mass “unclean” and beg that the Lord that if He wished, He could me make clean again. And He does – again and again and again.

The funny thing is, He doesn’t make me right with “society” as we know it, He cleanses me to make me a part of the society – His “society”, His Church, His Faith. Isn’t that the point of our Mass? We go there begging for His forgiveness and confess our sinfulness at the beginning of every Mass because we are unclean. We contemplate the Word through the word professed from the pulpit and then offer our gifts of bread and wine to our Father (much like Cain and Abel did in today’s first reading). Do you know the prayer we recite right before receiving the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass – “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof but only say the Word and my soul shall be healed.” Can you not see the parallel with the words that came from the lepers mouth? “If You wish, You can make me clean.” And He does – again and again and again. We are sinners; we are unclean. The Lord is there to grant our wish to be clean again.

Do something great for our Lord today – get to Mass and declare yourself UNCLEAN, UNCLEAN. Then let the Lord wash away your sin, your guilt and make you whole again.

I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.

But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness. Compete well for the faith.

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