2 Kings 25:1-12 / Matthew 8:1-4
If we have a desperate request for a favour or a need, the last thing we want to hear is a "No".
Indeed, rejection in any form and no matter how gentle is difficult to accept.
More so if we need a "Yes" desperately and urgently. We would be devastated if we are rejected.
The leper in the gospel desperately needed a cure.
He knew that Jesus has the power to cure him and he was prepared to go all out and come before Jesus to make that request for a cure.
So when he said to Jesus, "Sir, if you want to, you can cure me" it was as direct and as blunt a request.
It may sound rather impolite and even demanding, but when in desperation, there is no time for consideration.
And the reply of Jesus was astounding - Of course I want to! Be cured!
And Jesus even stretched out His hand and touched the leper to cure him.
Let us always remember this astounding response of Jesus to the leper whenever we are desperate and in urgent need.
Of course Jesus wants to help us and grant us our need. But let us have faith in Him, especially when it takes just a bit longer for our prayer to be answered.