You're more than Ordinary
Do you tell people about your faith life, or do you just go through your day as a two-sided person? The one side is your devoted, praying, Church attending faith, and the other is a swearing, hurt-felt and anger filled ordinary person. Do we let these two mesh together and try to have our faith shine in us, or do we give up and call ourselves merely 'ordinary'? Sometimes it's hard to reveal your true devotion to others, especially when it's being criticized by a room full of people. But even at these challenging times, how do you stand?
Today's Gospel states: 'When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; and behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, if you will, you can make me clean." And he stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, "I will; be clean." And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, "See that you say nothing to any one; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to the people"' (Matthew 8:1-4).
A song comes to mind when looking at this Gospel and reflecting today, "Jesus was no Ordinary Man". Jesus tired to be good and loving for the sake of being good, to show God's love for others. He didn't try to showcase himself, but helped others with God's help and showed the greatest act of love by dying for us. We too are called to be people of love and share the Good news, like this leper, as he was healed and given the strength to live. We are not ordinary, but are unique and made great in the image and likeness of God. Try to strike conversation with others today about all the good God has given to you.
Today's prayer comes from 'lords-prayer-words' a prayer for rising up:
May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.Amen.