To Be Free to Love
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary time
I will pray Psalm 51 for myself and my loved ones.
by Fr Paul Campbell, LC | Source: Catholic.net
Lord, thank you for this time together. I
need you in my life and the life of my family. It is easy to let activities overwhelm me so that I
lose track of you. You fade into the distance, and sometimes sin grows closer. But I know you are
always there for me with your unconditional love. Thank you. I love you and long to put you first in
Lord, wash me from my sins and help me to be detached
1. If You Choose:
A leper approaches and falls before Jesus. "If
you choose, you can make me clean." This leper couldn't free himself from his disease any more than
we can free ourselves from our sin. Leprosy was a fatal disease. It separated a man from his family
and drove him outside his village to lonely places. Leprosy is a symbol for sin. Sin separates us
from God and from others. We need to approach Jesus with that same humility and trust we see in the
leper. This story is for us, to show us Christ's heart. It reveals his love and his desire to free
us from sin. Am I convinced of the ugliness of all sin and how it defaces our souls?
Jesus chose to heal the leper. Not only did he heal him, he touched him. He
reached out to the loneliness of that man, and he touched his life to cure him of the disease. This
reveals Christ's heart so beautifully. Our sin never drives him away from us. He is always ready and
willing to come to our aid if only we would cry out for his help. Am I capable of opening all of the
inner wounds of my sins to Our Lord so that he can heal me, wash me clean and make me whole
3. Jesus Wants Us Free:
Sin keeps us from being who we were meant to be.
"Everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin" (John 8:34). Jesus was free from sin and so was free to
love and serve others. He wasn't compelled by greed or anger. He wasn't moved by pride or impeded by
laziness. He was free to love, and he loved to the extent of dying on a cross. Sin closes us in on
ourselves. We get absorbed in ourselves and others take the back seat or no seat at all. How
often do we say "no" to others and turn a blind eye to their needs? Isn't it sin that blinds us and
selfishness that impedes us from loving others as Christ loves us? Christ can free us from sin so
that we are empowered to love as he loves.
Conversation with Christ:
want to be free, but I need your help. Without you,
I can do nothing. Help me to trust you and
to turn to you.
Don't let me go off on my own as if I could keep fighting
without you. Free
me to love you. Free me to love others.
I will pray Psalm 51
for myself and my loved ones.
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