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Let us pray:

V/. Eternal rest grant unto him/her, O Lord.

R/. And let perpetual light shine upon him.

V/. May he rest in peace.

R/. Amen.

V/. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

R/. Amen.
Friday after Epiphany

Taking the Gospel to Prayer

“Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”  The leper knows what he wants Jesus to do. But he does not ask for it. Rather, he makes a faith statement. He comes into the scene willing to accept whatever the outcome will be. If Jesus is willing to heal him, so be it. If not, so be it. Jesus knows his heart and answers his prayer.

Are we willing to do the same? Can we place our desires before the Lord and say "Thy will be done"? We know that God loves us and wants to answer our prayers. But, sometimes, His answer is not the one we are seeking. Can we trust that God's purpose is better than our plans?

These aren't trite questions. When our prayers involve hardships, sickness, loved ones, basic life necessities, "letting go and letting God" takes faith and trust.

Loving God, my life is in Your hands.

Take note: Once again, Luke reminds us that Jesus would withdraw to deserted places to pray. Maybe this new year, we can create desert spaces in our day so that we can be sure to stop and pray.