Today’s gospel tells the story of the leper who approached Jesus with a simple prayer: “Lord, if you want, you can make me clean.”
Pope Francis said in his sermon at Casa Santa Marta that this prayer, an act of trust, is a prayer that “attracts God’s attention.”
“It is a challenge,” thought the Holy Father, “but also an act of confidence: I know he can do it, and that is why I trust myself with him.” The leper, he explained, prayed this prayer because he had seen Jesus act with compassion.
Compassion involves itself. It comes from the heart and gets involved, and it causes you to do something. Compassion is ‘suffering’, taking on the suffering of another to resolve it, to heal it. And this was the mission of Jesus. Jesus did not come to preach the law and then to leave. Jesus came into compassion, that is, to suffer with and for us and to give us life ourselves. Jesus’ love is so great that compassion led him precisely to the cross to give his life.
Francis suggested that we often repeat this small prayer “all day long,” because Jesus is a God of compassion, concerned with our concerns, with the problems of others.
“Lord, if you want, you can heal me; if you want, you can forgive me; if you want, you can help me. “Or, if you want, [you can make it] a little longer:” Lord, I am a sinner, have mercy on me, have mercy on me. “A simple prayer that can be said many times a day.” Lord, I, a sinner, ask you: have mercy on me. “Many times a day, within, from the heart, without saying it aloud,” Lord, if you want, you can; if you want, you can. Pity me. “Repeat this.
The leper, with his simple and “miraculous” prayer, was able to obtain healing thanks to the compassion of Jesus, who loves us despite our sinfulness, reflected the pope.
Jesus is not ashamed of us. “O Father, I am a sinner, how can I say this? …” [That’s even] better! For He came precisely for us sinners, and the greater a sinner you are, the closer the Lord is to you, for He has come for you, the greatest sinner; for me, the greatest sinner; for all of us.
Let’s make it a habit to always repeat this prayer: “Lord, if you want, you can do it. If you want, you can do it “with confidence that the Lord is close to us; and with His compassion He will take upon everything our problems, our sins, our inner diseases.