The Holy Gospel: February 12, 2012 (Year B)

Read:  Mark 1:40-45

Meditation:  “No Doubt About It”

There are passages in the Bible which set the record straight.  This is one of them.  It takes what we often think and compares it with what Jesus always thinks.

The leper came to Jesus saying, “If you choose, you can make me clean.”  We come to Jesus sometimes wondering whether he is willing to help us, or not.

We have failed so many times in a particular area, we wonder if Jesus is not pretty much “done” with us on that score—a sort of “You’ve made your bed; now lie in it” attitude.  Or perhaps our problem is so deep and disturbing (a kind of leprosy) that we envision Jesus saying, “Get away from me.”

And so, we can develop a perspective on life and on Jesus that says, “If you choose….,” which really means, we don’t think that he does.

But instead of basing his response on the leper’s wondering, Jesus based his ministry on his compassion.  He responded without hesitation or condition, “I do choose.  Be made clean!”

I shared this a few days ago, but it comes to mind again right now: Henri Nouwen’s reminder that “there are no ifs in God’s love.”

The if of the leper is overcome by the I do of Jesus.  No doubt about it.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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