In today’s gospel a leper comes to Jesus and asks to be cured. No matter how large the crowd, Jesus never stops seeing the individual and his or her particular need. He listens to the leper, shunned by society as the man comes in faith to say: “If you choose, you can make me clean.” Moved with compassion, Jesus touches the man and heals him.
We all feel stressed at times from trying to meet the many demands placed upon us each day. Let us be reassured by the example of Jesus today. May we always strive to hear the voice of God within us and never let the cacophony of voices around us distract from the only voice which really matters in our life. Unless we hear the voice of God within us, we will never hear the pleas of those who need us the most.