Posted by: frburke23 | January 11, 2017

Thought for Thursday, 1st Week of Ordinary Time (January 12, 2017)

Thought for Thursday, 1st Week of Ordinary Time (January 12, 2017)
 
Mark 1:40-45
 
A leper came to him and kneeling down begged him and said,
“If you wish, you can make me clean.”
Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand,
touched the leper, and said to him,
“I do will it. Be made clean.”
The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.
Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once.
Then he said to him, “See that you tell no one anything,
but go, show yourself to the priest
and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed;
that will be proof for them.”
The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter.
He spread the report abroad
so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.
He remained outside in deserted places,
and people kept coming to him from everywhere.
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Here is an update on my Dad. As I write this on Wednesday morning, my Dad received the good news that he will probably be going home this afternoon, five days after major surgery. The biopsy results were favorable. The margins of the intestines and the liver where the tumors were removed show no signs of cancer. There were signs of cancer in some of the lymph nodes that were removed, so Dad will start on chemotherapy probably later this month to combat any loose cancer cells that might be in his body. The doctors are all very positive about his progress and prognosis. Thank you for your prayers and please keep praying. My Dad and my whole family have been lifted up and inspired by your prayers and support!
 
There are two things that jump out at me today when I read this Gospel. First of all, Jesus is “moved with pity” when He sees the leper. Lepers were complete outcasts. No one would come near a leper for fear of being contaminated. Lepers were marginalized by society and treated as less than human.
 
Bishop Fulton Sheen told the story of the time that he visited a leper colony. He had brought crosses for each person there, but the first person he encountered had skin falling off of his hand. His leprosy was very advanced. Bishop Sheen said that he dropped the cross in the man’s hands because he didn’t want to touch him. And as he moved to the next person he was stopped in his tracks. He couldn’t go on because he had just treated the first person as less than human. He went back and clasped the man’s hands within his own hands and smiled at him. This changed the Bishop’s life. He went on to touch each person there as he delivered each cross. He had encountered Jesus in each of the lepers.
 
Jesus, also without fear, moved forward and TOUCHED the leper with compassion, and he was healed. We too are called to reach out to the outcasts, to those that lack the simple dignity of the human touch. The human touch is powerful. Pope Francis makes headlines when he embraces or kisses those that are “untouchable”. He is living his call as an “alter Christus” or “another Christ” in the world today.
 
This is an area in which the Lord is calling me to grow. God wants me to look past the physical appearance of someone and see the presence of Jesus in everyone. Every human being, no matter how old or young, how beautiful or ugly, how attractive or repulsive, has dignity and is deserving of our love and respect. Lord, give me new eyes to see you in everyone.
Also, I have always been perplexed why Jesus always said, “Don’t tell anyone about this” after He healed someone. But today it dawned on me that whenever people heard about these miracle healings, mobs would show up and Jesus would have to disappear because of the mob scene. He became like a rock star. Jesus did not come to be a rock star or to cause mob scenes. He came to save people, to teach them about God the Father, to love and to heal, to show mercy, etc.
 
The mob scenes prevented Him from carrying out His mission. No one would listen to Him; they just wanted to touch Him. I believe that is part of the reason Jesus always says, “Don’t tell anyone about this…”
May we, ourselves reach out to Jesus to be healed today. Then may we also reach out to others in need of simple human dignities. Touch someone today that seems unlovable. Be Christ to someone that you meet today. Treat every human being with the dignity they deserve, with the dignity that Christ deserves in them.
 
Do I avoid people who seem “unclean”?
Do I treat every person with dignity, love and respect?
Where do I need healing in my own life?
 
Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke
 
Spanish translation:
 
MARCOS 1:40-45
En aquel tiempo, se le acercó a Jesús un leproso para suplicarle de rodillas: “Si tú quieres, puedes curarme”. Jesús se compadeció de él, y extendiendo la mano, lo tocó y le dijo: “¡Sí quiero: sana!” Inmediatamente se le quitó la lepra y quedó limpio.
 
Al despedirlo, Jesús le mandó con severidad: “No se lo cuentes a nadie; pero para que conste, ve a presentarte al sacerdote y ofrece por tu purificación lo prescrito por Moisés”.
 
Pero aquel hombre comenzó a divulgar tanto el hecho, que Jesús no podía ya entrar abiertamente en la ciudad, sino que se quedaba fuera, en lugares solitarios, a donde acudían a él de todas partes.
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Aquí hay una actualización de mi papá. Al escribir esto el miércoles por la mañana, mi papá recibió la buena noticia de que probablemente regresará a casa esta tarde, cinco días después de una cirugía mayor. Los resultados de la biopsia fueron favorables. Los márgenes de los intestinos y el hígado donde los tumores fueron removidos no muestran signos de cáncer. Había signos de cáncer en algunos de los ganglios linfáticos que fueron removidos, asi que papá comenzará la quimioterapia probablemente a finales de este mes para combatir cualquier célula de cáncer suelta que pueda estar en su cuerpo. Todos los médicos están muy positivos sobre su progreso y pronóstico. Gracias por sus oraciones y por favor sigan orando. ¡Mi papá y toda mi familia han sido levantados e inspirados por sus oraciones y apoyo!
 
Hay dos cosas que me resaltan hoy cuando leí este Evangelio. Primero que todo, Jesús “se compadeció” cuando vio al leproso. Los leprosos eran completamente marginados. Nadie se acercaba a un leproso por temor a ser contaminado. Los leprosos fueron marginados por la sociedad y tratados como menos que humanos.
 
El obispo Fulton Sheen contó la historia de la época en que visitó una colonia de leprosos. Había traído cruces para cada persona allí, pero la primera persona que encontró tenía la piel cayéndose de su mano. Su lepra estaba muy avanzada. El obispo Sheen dijo que dejó caer la cruz en las manos del hombre porque no quería tocarlo. Y mientras se movía hacia la siguiente persona, se detuvo en seco. No podía continuar porque acababa de tratar a la primer persona como algo menos que humano. Él volvió y juntó las manos del hombre con sus propias manos y le sonrió. Esto cambió la vida del Obispo. Él continuó para tocar a cada persona allí mientras entregaba cada cruz. Había encontrado a Jesús en cada uno de los leprosos.
 
Jesús, también sin temor, avanzó y TOCÓ al leproso con compasión, y fue sanado. Nosotros también estamos llamados a llegar a los marginados, a aquellos que carecen de la simple dignidad del tacto humano. El tacto humano es poderoso. El Papa Francisco hace titulares cuando abraza o besa a los que son “intocables”. Él está viviendo su llamado como un “alter Christus” o “otro Cristo” en el mundo de hoy.
 
Este es un área en la cual el Señor me está llamando a crecer. Dios quiere que vea más allá de la apariencia física de alguien y vea la presencia de Jesús en todos. Cada ser humano, no importa cuán viejo o joven sea, cuán hermoso o feo, cuán atractivo o repulsivo, tiene dignidad y se merece nuestro amor y respeto. Señor, dame nuevos ojos para verte en cada persona.
 
También, siempre he estado perplejo por qué Jesús siempre dijo: “No le digas a nadie acerca de esto” después de haber sanado a alguien. Pero hoy caí en la cuenta de que cada vez que la gente escuchaba sobre estas sanaciones milagrosas, aparecerían multitudes y Jesús tendría que desaparecer debido a la escena de la multitud. Se convirtió en una estrella de rock. Jesús no vino a ser una estrella de rock ni a causar escenas de multitud. Él vino a salvar a la gente, a enseñarles acerca de Dios Padre, a amar y a sanar, a mostrar misericordia, etc.
 
Las escenas de multitud le impedirían llevar a cabo Su misión. Nadie lo escucharía; Sólo querrían tocarlo. Creo que esa es parte de la razón por la que Jesús siempre dice: “No le digas a nadie acerca de esto …”
 
Que podamos alcanzar a Jesús hoy para nosotros ser sanados. Luego, que podamos también llegar a otros en necesidad de las simples dignidades humanas. Toca a alguien hoy que parece no ser amado. Se Cristo con alguien que conozcas hoy. Trata a cada ser humano con la dignidad que merece, con la dignidad que Cristo merece en ellos.
 
¿Evito a las personas que parecen “impuras”?
¿Trato a cada persona con dignidad, amor y respeto?
¿Dónde necesito sanación en mi propia vida?
 
¡Que tengas un día bendecido!
Padre Burke
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Responses

  1. Thank you for this wonderful news about your Dad, I will continue to pray for you and your family. You are a beautiful example of the way I should live my life, I know your family is so very proud of you.

    God Beless You
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    Sylvia

  2. Praise God for your good news. I have walked your road and pray all goes well on your journey.You are a powerful support for your father. God bless all of your family and you Fr Burke.

  3. Dear Father Burke, so happy to hear the wonderful news about your father. Unfortunately, our family has much experience with this same illness. About 3 years ago, my mom was also diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer and the cancer was found in her lymph nodes as well. She had a bowel resection and a round of chemo treatment. At that same time, our daughter Alexandra was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and underwent a bowel resection. Our nephew, Jimmie Longo, also suffered with Crohn’s disease for many years and developed cancer from his treatment. He went on to also have a bowel resection.  Through all of this suffering and pain, God has been with us and continues to bless our family.  Our prayer is that God will be with your father and family through this difficult time. Peace & Love,RoseSent from XFINITY Connect Mobile App

  4. Glad to hear the great news about your Dad.

    God bless you and your family!

    Lee

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