It happened that there was a man full of leprosy in one of the towns where Jesus was; and when he saw Jesus, he fell prostrate, pleaded with him, and said,“ Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do will it. Be made clean.” And the leprosy left him immediately. Then he ordered him not to tell anyone, but “Go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.” The report about him spread all the more, and great crowds assembled to listen to him and to be cured of their ailments, but he would withdraw to deserted places to pray. (Luke 5:21-16) Do you ever wonder why Jesus didn't stick around to cure everyone who asked? Why he went off by himself instead of taking care of all those people?
First, he was a man, and men get tired, and hungry and exhausted. We can relate to this! Jesus had to take breaks like anyone else. He also needed to recharge spiritually - He needed time to pray, to commune with his Father. So do we. But there was another reason Jesus went into deserted place to be alone with His Father, even at the price of being misunderstood. Jesus had a greater mission than healing physical illness. Jesus came to suffer and die and rise again so that SOULS could be healed.
When Jesus was in the midst of his healing ministry, the miracles attracted a lot of people. The crowds followed him everywhere, hoping to receive or just to witness a miracle. Jesus was something of a sensation. Some people, including his own disciples, believed him to be the Messiah (and he was!) but their conception of Messiah - a living King like King David who would help them throw off the rule of the Romans and become a great political nation once again - was wrong.
Jesus came to save the Jews, yes. And everyone else. He came to heal diseases on earth, yes. But he came to heal diseased souls forever. When we think of Jesus as simply the Guy in the Sky who should Come to my Cry (and heal my disease, get me a job, bring me a spouse, right now) we have missed the big picture. Yes, Jesus still heals, sometimes miraculously. He answers prayers, in his own way and his own time. But we can be absolutely sure that if we ask Him to heal our soul, he will.That is why he came to earth - to live, to prove who he was, to suffer, die, and rise again for the eternal healing of souls.
Do you have a sick or suffering soul? Does your heart ache? Take it to Jesus in prayer. If you have sinned, tell Jesus you are sorry. Go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation if you are Catholic. Go today! Jesus is near. He wants to help you.
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I am a Catholic wife, mom and grandma. In 1995, after Bible college and a few years as an Evangelical Missionary, I was received into the Church at the Easter Vigil. These are my personal musings on Scripture, prayer, and living close to Jesus.