Sunday Reflection by Sister Anne

Leper healing“We remember how you loved us and we remember how you love us still” These were the words that came as I began my lectio on Mark’s Gospel for this Sixth Sunday of the year, the final Sunday of Ordinary Time before we begin  the season of Lent.

Suddenly I was flooded with memories of spending time with this Scripture passage during my very first directed retreat forty years ago:

  • Reading it slowly
  • Allowing myself to enter into the passage
  • Reflecting on the similarity of my own form of ‘leprosy’
  • Feeling my own sinfulness and
  • Begging Jesus to heal me.

Then I fell asleep and when I woke up, I really felt that I had been healed.  It was almost as if I was reliving that special experience of being healed.

For me, the leper’s request: “If you wish, you can make me clean”  and Jesus’ response: “I do will it. Be made clean” is as rich and vital for me today as it was those many years ago.  You and I will always need the healing power of our God .

My prayer for us today and during the season of Lent is that the leprosy of violence in our thoughts, feelings, memories and imaginings can be healedAs Henri Nouwen often said :  “We can be wounded healers in a wounded world.”

Anne Stedman, OSB

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