It might seem like the leper overstated the obvious: “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” Certainly the Lord can do whatever he wants whenever he wants. But it is a statement that is well for us to hear, I think. Our plans need to be centered around God’s will for us. God wants the best for us, and has our welfare in mind. But we have to give ourselves over to his plans for us if we want to experience the happiness we seek. The Leper’s statement is an act of faith and perhaps it can also be our prayer today. “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean…” you can give me strength, you can lead me to true peace, you can make me whole.