If You Wish

Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures

Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

If You Wish

“My Lord and my God, without You, I am nothing. My soul is willing but my body, You know, My Lord, is weak. Here on earth, there are two ‘I’ within me like two eternal and inseparable enemies. My soul and my heart accept it, but they get irritated against the darkened side of my weak will and mind. I renew my offering, sweet Jesus. I am Yours, dispose of me as You wish. In no way, do I want to oppose You because I love You ardently. Clothe me in Your power, so I can fulfill Your request (Elizabeth May 4, 1962)

Today’s Readings: A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said,
“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)

Prayer Meditation: O Lord we praise You, we thank You and we bless You because You do will that we be made clean. That we be healed. O Lord, there are all kinds of leprosy these days. We have all lived through a pandemic and the isolation that came from that period. There are those with terminal and serious diseases, for example cancer, which can be isolating due to immune compromise separating those patients like lepers from community.. There is emotional leprosy, those with mental health issues and depression which runs rampant these days and again, many of these folks are so isolated and alone. There is spiritual leprosy- sin and all of its effects. Lord Jesus, we all know You want us healed of all of these things. But we also know it is not often on our timetables for ourselves or our family members and as Elizabeth describes above in the midst of our suffering we can feel so weak- our spirit is willing Lord but our flesh is so weak! (Matthew 26:40-43). And we wonder if You see us, even though we know You are moved with pity (Mark 1). Lord, so often we just want to ask why especially when miracles happen for others but not for us. But then we also know that not all healing happens here in the temporal order and not all healing comes from miracles. It is the small miracles of modern medicine that never gives up on a cure giving us more time with our loved ones or the miracle of emotional recovery which comes from just giving things time to heal, to the miracles of repentance that happen every day or at least every week in every Catholic Church when someone returns to the Father’s House and their sins are just gone! And we know that all will be healed, every tear will be dried, and death will be no more because You have made all things new! (Revelation 22). So dispose of us as You wish Lord- Fiat, They Will Be Done!