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I Do Will It

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

“A leper came to him and kneeling down begged him and said, ‘If you wish, you can make me clean.’ Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched the leper, and said to him, ‘I do will it. Be made clean.’ The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.” (Mark 1:40-45)

As St. Mark shares with us, leprosy was the disease of the time period. Lepers were shunned and treated poorly then, as second class citizens. So the leper, knowing his social status, most humbly comes to Jesus and asks for healing.

Imagine the many patients and family members who come to us every day in a similar way. They are scared and humbled just like the leper. Some may feel shameful of their life situation and health status whatever it is. Some may feel intimidated and not worthy of our healing. Just as Jesus, moved with pity, stepped forward and said, "I do will it,"  the mission of Avera asks us to do the same. 

With the Benedictine and Presentation Sisters as our models, we courageously step forward, look beyond any judgment and say, "I do will it." And rest assured, this is happening every day at Avera!

What an opportunity to observe the example of Jesus nearly 2,000 years later. 


Dear God,

thank You for bringing each and every one of us to Your ministry.

Be with us today and always as we care for others,

looking beyond any judgment, just as your Son did.

Guide us as we strive to deliver this healing to those who need us most. Amen.


Pam Hilber
Director of Workforce Planning, Avera

1 SAMUEL 4:1-11• PSALM 44:10-11, 14-15, 24-25 • MARK 1:40-45

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