Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

I Have Come To Make You One!

One! One with what? One with who? Becoming one, becoming Whole, is a goal, a challenge!

What does becoming One, becoming whole mean? In the context of today’s Gospel story from Mark, Jesus healing the man burdened with leprosy, it is first of all living with an incurable disease. Even worse, it is about being made an outcast, cut off from the rest of the world, being as useless!

With great courage the afflicted man approaches Jesus, breaking society’s rules by coming out of isolation, making his profession of faith: “If you wish, you can make me clean!” Jesus’ response is: “I do will it. Be made clean!”

The story points to the unclean condition and isolation that SIN afflicts on our lives, cutting us off from the life and health that God offers us. As we celebrate World Marriage Day and International Day this weekend, like the afflicted man, we need to pursue together Jesus, who wills to MAKE US ONE!