Friday after Epiphany

Today's Mass Readings


“Who is the victor over the World? The one who believes in Jesus Christ…”

We have our victory in the Lord Jesus. He is the one who conquers sin and adversity. He delivers us from all the problems we have. I remember reading a book by Dinesh D’Souza, a Christian writer. He dedicated this book to a close friend who was battling cancer. He said his friend found, in Christ, a cure for death. How amazing it is to think that no matter what we face or what challenges we have, we are never alone. We are in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He is the one who saves us. He is always with us. Jesus isn’t going to abandon us, even if our problems persist. Today in the Gospel we see Jesus cure a man of His leprosy. Jesus can do anything. No disease or problem can withstand Him. We all tend to think, from time to time, why not all? Why does God not cure all disease and illness? Wouldn’t we all be happy to have God cure us of the ailments we face? Still, God does cure our ailments. Even if we don’t receive a physical cure or a material solution to the problems we face, Jesus has given us the key to life everlasting. Let’s celebrate that. Let us live out our victory in Christ.

Reflection: In the movie “Facing the Giants,” the head coach of the football team tells the team captain to quit acting defeated. He can’t win as long as he acts like things can’t get better. Do you act like a winner? Do you present yourself as one who is a victor in Christ? Can people tell you’ve found the greatest joy by the victory Christ has given you?

Reflection by Br. Matthew Marie, OSB

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