scabs and pus
"The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 'If someone has on his skin a scab or pustule or blotch which appears to be the sore of leprosy, he shall be brought to Aaron, the priest.' " —Leviticus 13:1-2
Do you have a spiritual scab, pustule, or blotch? Do you need inner healing? A scab is a past hurt beginning to heal but still a touchy subject. You feel like picking at it or at a certain person and opening the wound once again. Don't touch the scab. Don't reverse the healing process.
A pustule is an effect of spiritual infection. You may be infected with unforgiveness, resentment, bitterness, or anger. The pus from these wounds may be reaching a head. How many times have we innocently started to talk to others when suddenly they burst forth in a fit of rage, resentment, and bitterness? Their pustule broke.
A blotch is like an allergic reaction. Did you ever bring up a subject to which others were allergic? Suddenly there's a tension in the room and a changed tone of voice. The conversation turns ugly.
These scabs, pustules, and blotches need healing. "Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out His hand, touched him, and said: 'I do will it. Be cured.' The leprosy left him then and there, and he was cured" (Mk 1:41-42).
Prayer: "Heal me, Lord, that I may be healed; save me, that I may be saved, for it is You Whom I praise" (Jer 17:14).
Promise: "Whether you eat or drink — whatever you do — you should do all for the glory of God." —1 Cor 10:31
Praise: Praise Jesus, Who still carries the nail wounds as a sign of His great love for us.
Rescript: †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 25, 2014
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