What saying of Jesus resonates most with me?

Choosing is tough, but the short reply of Jesus to the leper in Mark 1:40-41 penetrates my soul:

“Now a leper came to him and fell to his knees, asking for help. “If you are willing, you can make me clean,” he said. Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing. Be clean!”

In Portuguese, as in the original Greek, his reply is in one word: “Quero.” The one word seems to contain all the compassion and poignancy of the moment. Not merely a willingness, which could have been given a bit grudgingly, but an intense desire, “Yes, I want to.” The single word, the yes of God, marks Jesus as the kind of man he is, one who was willing to stoop down from heaven (see Psa. 113), and stop for this man, touch him, cure him, restore him, affirm him.

This one word is the divine desire and will, the heavenly want, the single drive of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

#jesus-christ, #will-of-god