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If you want, you can cleanse me.

Posté par diaconos le 26 juin 2020

Le Christ purifie un lépreux

From the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew

 When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshipped him and said : » Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.  » Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him : « I will; be made clean. «  And immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. Jesus said to him : « Beware, don’t say anything to anyone, but go and show yourself to the priest. And give the offering that Moses commanded, for it will be a testimony for the people. « (Matthew 8:1-4)

Christ healing and delivering

The aim of Matthew’s Gospel is to highlight the intimate and living relationship of the two covenants, to show in Jesus Christ the fulfilment of the whole history of his people. The evangelist Matthew manifested this from the very first lines of his book, through this genealogy whose meaning was marked by the names of David and Abraham.

David, in whose family was born, according to prophecy, the one whose kingship would be eternal : « concerns his Son who, according to the flesh, was born of the seed of David » (Romans 1:3).     Abraham, in whose seed all the families of the earth were blessed, a promise which had meaning and fulfillment only in Jesus Christ : « that the blessing of Abraham might be fulfilled in Jesus Christ for the Gentiles, and that we might receive by faith the Spirit which was promised.

Brethren (I speak in the manner of men), a disposition in good form, though made by a man, is not cancelled by anyone, nor is it added to by anyone.     Now the promises were made to Abraham and his descendants. It is not said: and to posterity, as though it were many, but as it were one: and to thy seed, that is, to Christ.  » (Gal 3, 14-16)

The Son of God came to take his place in this posterity of Abraham and in our humanity which he renewed. Going back to David and Abraham, he also indicated the genealogical origin of Mary, mother of the Saviour. He suggested that the son of David, Abraham’s son, was descended from these figures through his mother, since it was not Joseph who was his father.

Having achieved this first goal, Joseph’s genealogy was not useless in the eyes of an Israelite. All the time of his life Jesus was regarded as the son of Joseph, and he was regarded as a son of the highest convenience. Moreover, there was in this opinion a well-founded opinion that Joseph bestowed upon his adopted son a theocratic legal right to royalty, first because he himself was a descendant of David, and second because, in marrying Mary, the heiress of his family name, he said : « And you shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying: If a man dies without a son, you shall pass on his inheritance to his daughter. « (Num 27:8).

And he went in lawfully in the line of his wife, and took her name : « and among the priests were the sons of Hobaiah, the sons of Hakkoz, the sons of Barzillai, who had taken one of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite to wife, and was called after their name.  » ( Nh 7:63) This opinion is a probable hypothesis.  Matthew’s purpose was to ascertain his supernatural birth.

Leprosy is a dreadful disease, still common in the East, highly contagious, incurable after the first progress, which covers the whole body with darters and sores and dissolves it in part before death ensues. The leper was excluded by law from all communication with society, either because of the contagion or because the disease was legally impure. The Jews regarded it as a special punishment from God, basing this opinion on certain facts reported in the Old Testament.

If you want to, you can! Simple and touching prayer! In the first of these words the leper humbly surrendered himself to Jesus, the will of God; in the second, he expressed great faith. In these early days of Jesus’ ministry, the knowledge that these sick people had of him was very weak, their trust in him all the more admirable.

Most often Jesus acted and healed only by word of mouth, even from a distance. At other times he touched the sick man, either to communicate to him this divine virtue which heals him, or, as here, to show that he did not fear contagion, and to show his tender compassion to an unfortunate man from whom all departed in horror. This touching made a deep impression on the witnesses.

If you will, » said the leper, « I will, » replied the Saviour, « and this loving will fulfils the miracle, a prompt echo responding to the sudden faith of the sick man. (Bengal)

The defense that Jesus often made to the sick to divulge their healing could have various reasons. He did not want to draw people’s attention to Him unnecessarily, nor did He want to provide food for vain curiosity and the thirst for miracles, nor to provoke the hatred of His opponents before time. He wanted to

The Son of God came to take his place in this posterity of Abraham and in our humanity which he renewed. Going back to David and Abraham, he also indicated the genealogical origin of Mary, mother of the Saviour. He suggested that the son of David, Abraham’s son, descended from these figures by his

The defense that Jesus often made to the sick to divulge their healing could have various reasons. He did not want to draw people’s attention to Him unnecessarily, nor did He want to provide food for vain curiosity and the thirst for miracles, nor to provoke the hatred of His opponents before time. He also wanted the unfortunate ones he delivered to be able to keep within themselves the deep impression of such a manifestation of divine power and love, so that the healing of the body might have as its fruit the healing of the soul.

In this case he had another obvious reason: the priest, to whom he sent the healed leper, had the right to officially record the healing and to reinstate the leper in the social and religious privileges of an Israelite : « This shall be the law for the leper on the day of his cleansing. He shall be brought before the priest. « (Lev 14:2) Jesus wanted to avoid that this judge would be unfavorably warned by the public noise of the miracle he had just performed and could find in it a pretext to accuse him of despising the law.

The leper had to show himself to the priest and offer the oblation prescribed by the law : « And on the eighth day he shall take two lambs without blemish, and a sheep a year old without blemish, and three tenth parts of an ephah of fine flour for a meal offering mingled with oil, and a log of oil. «   And on the eighth day he shall take two lambs without blemish, and one ewe a year old without blemish, and three tenth parts by tenths of an ephah of fine flour for a meal offering mingled with oil, and a log of oil. «  (Lev 14, 10).

This must have been a testimony to them, to the priests, not only of Jesus’ respect for the law, but at the same time of His divine power.

Deacon Michel Houyoux
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Si tu le veux, tu peux me purifier

Posté par diaconos le 26 juin 2020

Le Christ purifie un lépreux

De l’Évangile de Jésus Christ selon saint Matthieu

 Lorsque Jésus descendit de la montagne, des foules nombreuses le suivirent. Et voici qu’un lépreux s’approcha, se prosterna devant lui et dit : « Seigneur, si tu le veux, tu peux me purifier. » Jésus étendit la main, le toucha et lui dit : « Je le veux, sois purifié. » Et aussitôt il fut purifié de sa lèpre. Jésus lui dit : « Attention, ne dis rien à personne, mais  va te montrer au prêtre. Et donne l’offrande que Moïse a prescrite : ce sera pour les gens un témoignage. »  (Mt 8, 1-4)

Le Christ guérissant et délivrant

Le but de l’Évan­gile de Mat­thieu est de mettre en évi­dence le rap­port in­time et vi­vant des deux al­liances, de mon­trer en Jé­sus-Christ l’ac­com­plis­se­ment de toute l’­his­toire de son peuple. l’é­van­gé­liste Matthieu le ma­ni­festa dès les pre­mières lignes de son livre, par cette gé­néa­lo­gie dont la si­gni­fi­ca­tion fut mar­quée par les noms de David et d’Abraham ;

  • Da­vid, dans la fa­mille du­quel naquit, se­lon la pro­phé­tie, ce­lui dont la royauté se­rait éter­nelle : « concerne son Fils qui, selon la chair, est né de la descendance de David » (Rm 1, 3)
  • Abra­ham, dans la pos­té­rité du­quel furent bé­nies toutes les fa­milles de la terre, pro­messe qui n’eut de sens et d’ac­com­plis­se­ment qu’en Jé­sus-Christ : « afin que la bénédiction d’Abraham eût pour les païens son accomplissement en Jésus-Christ, et que nous reçussions par la foi l’Esprit qui avait été promis.
  • Frères (je parle à la manière des hommes), une disposition en bonne forme, bien que faite par un homme, n’est annulée par personne, et personne n’y ajoute.
  • Or les promesses ont été faites à Abraham et à sa postérité. Il n’est pas dit : et aux postérités, comme s’il s’agissait de plusieurs, mais en tant qu’il s’agit d’une seule : et à ta postérité, c’est-à-dire, à Christ. » (Ga 3, 14-16)

Le Fils de Dieu est venu prendre sa place dans cette pos­té­rité d’A­bra­ham et dans notre hu­ma­nité qu’il re­nou­ve­la. C’est qu’en re­mon­tant jus­qu’à Da­vid et jus­qu’à Abra­ham, il in­diqua aussi l’o­ri­gine gé­néa­lo­gique de Ma­rie, mère du Sau­veur. Il donna à en­tendre que le  fils de Da­vid, fils Abra­ham, des­cendit de ces  per­son­nages par sa mère, puisque ce ne fut pas Jo­seph qui fut son père.

Ce pre­mier but at­teint, la gé­néa­lo­gie de Jo­seph ne fut pas in­utile aux yeux d’un Is­raé­lite. Du­rant tout le temps de sa vie, Jé­sus fut en­vi­sagé comme fils de Jo­seph et il le fut en vertu des plus hautes conve­nances. De plus, il y eut dans cette opi­nion ceci de fondé, que Jo­seph confé­ra à son fils adop­tif un droit lé­gal théo­cra­tique à la royauté, d’a­bord parce qu’il fut lui-même des­cen­dant de Da­vid, et en­suite parce que, en épou­sant Ma­rie qui fut hé­ri­tière du nom de sa fa­mille : « Et tu parleras aux fils d’Israël, en disant : Si un homme meurt sans avoir de fils, vous ferez passer son héritage à sa fille. » ( Nb 27, 8)

il en­tra lé­ga­le­ment dans la li­gnée de sa femme et en pre­nait le nom : «  Et parmi les sacrificateurs : les fils de Hobaja, les fils d’Hakkots, les fils de Barzillaï, qui avait pris pour femme une des filles de Barzillaï, le Galaadite, et fut appelé de leur nom. » ( Nh 7, 63) Cette opi­nion est une hy­po­thèse vrai­sem­blable.  Le but de Mat­thieu fut de constater sa nais­sance sur­na­tu­relle.

La lèpre est une af­freuse ma­la­die, fré­quente en­core en Orient, très conta­gieuse, in­cu­rable après les pre­miers pro­grès, qui couvre le corps en­tier de dartres et de plaies et le dis­sout en par­tie avant que la mort s’en­suive. Le lépreux était ex­clu par la loi de toute com­mu­ni­ca­tion avec la so­ciété, soit à cause de la conta­gion, soit parce que la ma­la­die fut lé­ga­le­ment im­pure. Les Juifs la consi­dé­rèrent comme un châ­ti­ment spé­cial de Dieu, fon­dant cette opi­nion sur cer­tains faits rap­por­tés dans l’An­cien Tes­ta­ment.

Si tu veux, tu peux ! Simple et tou­chante prière ! Par la pre­mière de ces pa­roles, le lé­preux s’en re­mit hum­ble­ment à Jé­sus, à la vo­lonté de Dieu ; par la se­conde, il ex­prima une grande foi. Dans ces pre­miers temps du mi­nis­tère de Jé­sus, la connais­sance que ces ma­lades eurent de lui fut bien faible, leur confiance en lui d’au­tant plus ad­mi­rable.

Le plus sou­vent, Jé­sus agit et gué­rit uni­que­ment par la pa­role, même à dis­tance. D’autres fois il toucha le ma­lade, soit pour lui com­mu­ni­quer cette vertu di­vine qui le guérit, soit comme ici à l’é­gard du lé­preux, afin de mon­trer qu’il ne re­dou­ta pas la conta­gion et de té­moi­gner sa tendre com­pas­sion à un mal­heu­reux dont tous s’é­loi­gnèrent avec hor­reur. Cet at­tou­che­ment fit une vive im­pres­sion sur les té­moins.

Si tu veux, avait dit le lé­preux, je veux, ré­pond le Sau­veur, et cette vo­lonté pleine d’a­mour ac­com­plit le mi­racle.Un prompt écho ré­pon­dant à la foi sou­daine du ma­lade. (Bengel)

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