The Word of God

Outlook Determines Outcome

Reflection on Mass Reading for January 7, 2022

Theme for January: “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard

“Who indeed is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” We have reason to ask ourselves some very important questions about our destiny and our future on this day. Why were we born into this world? What is our purpose? Where are we going? These very deep and important questions are found providentially in our Readings today. “So there are three that testify, the Spirit, the water, and the blood, and the three are of one accord.” The basic truth that is worth our deliberations and the content of our prayers is simply this: We have been saved by the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. He came so that we might live. No mere human being could ever achieve this. He was sent by the Father and enriched and empowered by the Holy Spirit. “…he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” This truly makes us “alive” with the Baptism that breathes into our very being and souls to become one with Him and bring hope to a despairing world.

Then the Gospel places the capstone upon our reflection. The Law strictly forbade anyone from touching the leper. When Jesus touched and healed the one with this horrible, disfiguring disease, the humble, sorrowful but believing leper gave us the very opposite of arrogance and reminded us that no one should be deemed untouchable, nor are we ever capable of judging who is worthy of receiving God’s love and mercy:” ‘If you wish, you can make me clean.’ Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched the leper, and said to him, ‘I do will it. Be made clean.'” While it is very easy to sit on our self-made perches and self-taught premises and comment on the plight and weaknesses of everybody else except the one in the mirror, it is never sustainable. Defeat is inevitable. There is indeed a thin line between confidence and arrogance. It is called humility. Confidence smiles. Arrogance smirks.

“Nothing paralyzes our lives like the attitude that things can never change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things. Outlook determines outcome. If we see only the problems, we will be defeated; but if we see the possibilities in the problems, we can have victory.” Warren Wiersbe

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