His desire to save
“A leper came to Jesus and pleaded on his knees: ‘If you want to’ he said ‘you can cure me.’ Feeling sorry for him, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. ‘Of course I want to!’ he said. ‘Be cured!’ And the leprosy left him at once and he was cured.” (Mark 1:4-42)
You may know the story of an old man who tries to save a scorpion dangling from a branch over a treacherous river. As the man reaches out to save it, the scorpion stings and stings again. “You stupid old man,” cries a passer by. “That scorpion will kill you!” The old man looks up and replies, “Just because it’s in the scorpion’s nature to sting, it doesn’t mean that I should give up my nature to save.” In today’s gospel reading, Jesus is moved with compassion, a desire to heal. Very often, in the gospels, when Jesus heals someone, he says to them, “Your faith has saved you.” It is Christ’s nature to heal us, to save us, a nature and desire which leads to the suffering of the cross, a pain which comes from love, his great love for us, for the world. We may lash out and sting at times, be far from loveable, but Jesus continues to love us still, to reach out, stretch out, save us.
God our Father, you loved the world so much that you sent us your Only Son. Help us to accept his healing touch and his desire to save so that in this passing world we may receive your loving consolation and be brought safely home to Heaven Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.