From today’s Gospel reading: ‘And a leper came to him beseeching him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean’.

The compassion, the pity of Jesus stands out in this passage. The word in the Greek is very strong, visceral. And it is not just a feeling; it moves our Lord to active intervention in the life of misery of this leper.

In our own lives, may we know the compassion of Jesus, ready to come to our aid in whatever difficulties in which we may find ourselves, and may God bless you this day.