Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Feast of St Josemaria Escriva, Founder of Opus Dei.

"A leper approached, did him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” (Matthew 8: 2).

Friday 26th June 2020, 12th Week in Ordinary Time is the feast of St Josemaria Escriva (1902 - 1976). Founder of the Opus Dei, a society whose members include men and women, married and single and priests. Unique in many ways among the community of consecrated men and women. Opus Dei believes that it is God's will that people find their path to holiness no matter what your occupation is, viz: doctor, garbage collector, senator, office cleaner, professor, student, etc. The impact of Opus Dei and its spirituality in the modern Church can never be exaggerated. They operate in some 80 countries in the world.
Josemaria is a saint of our time. Died in 1976 and canonized in 2002.

We note the bold prayer of the leper in our lead Scripture for today:
“Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” Do not miss the homage the leper paid to Jesus. The Dictionary defines homage as "special honor or respect shown publicly." Homage can be seen as worship. We know that at the heart of Religion is Worship. This man may be a leper but he knows one or two things about how to treat God.

It is therefore no surprise to anyone that Jesus "stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I will do it. Be made clean.” His leprosy was cleansed immediately."

Jesus Christ is still the same yesterday and today. He is still very much in the healing business. Healing broken hearts and minds, broken homes and careers, broken social order. Healing cancers and diabetes, etc.

Opus Dei helps people become holy in their daily work and activities. Holiness produces wholesomeness of soul, mind and body. The healed leper is now wholesome and can go back to his community to contribute his time, talent and treasure.

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