By Father Tomislav Vlašić
13 February 2021
Father Tomislav: Dearest Brothers and Sisters; today I want to develop the theme “The Mystery of the Redemption” and celebrate it as people and Church of the whole Universe. During the whole of last year and in the time of Christmas, we participated in a particular way in the life of God. Now, next Wednesday we enter Lent. The path towards the celebration of the Mystery of Redemption begins, which will end with the Ascension; at the Feast of the Holy Trinity the Son of God, the Redeemer, will return to the glory of the Father. This is the path in which we will experience this mystery. I would like to propose some guidelines to open ourselves to Lent, and afterwards the priests who are close to you will accompany you.
Let’s start with the readings of the sixth Sunday cycle B (14 Feb). The first reading from Leviticus speaks of the leper. In the mentality of that time, the leper was not only seen as sick but as a sinner, because leprosy was seen as a consequence of sin. The leper was expelled from communion with the people of God; he was alone, separated, treated without grace. The Gospel of Mark presents the healing of a leper who, kneeling before God, shouted: “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Why did he shout? He shouted from the bottom of his heart because he was also aware of the spiritual evil in him, and Jesus responded compassionately: “I am willing. Be clean!”and the man was healed. After that, Jesus forbade the man to follow him and to speak about it, but only to give testimony, but he proclaimed everywhere the grace of God. Continue reading