"Go, show yourself to the priest." Lk 5:14
Not wanting to be the focus of people's adulation, Jesus hides from the people after curing the leper because he knew that flattery rarely led to imitation and discipleship. Jesus wanted the Jewish leaders and the people who first listened to him to fall in love with his Father and commit themselves to God's will.
This was and is a hard lesson for us. It is natural to want security and answers to life's problems and concerns. We go to doctors to avoid and address health issues and financial advisers to help us invest our money wisely and safely, but Jesus did not come to promise us protection from life's every day trials but to accompany us on every journey. He is the new Covenant, the fullness of God's love, the one who will always be with us as a guide. We should not expect him to shield us from difficulty but to be a light in the darkness.
Today, pray to be aware of God's unconditional love and presence.
Who has been with you through every dark night?