|Fr. Luke Strand (source)|
Please do hold Fr. Luke deeply within your prayers during this time of his healing, praying especially for the intercession of St. John Paul II and St. Luke.
Fr. Luke noted that the lepers weren't healed at the moment when they called out to Christ, but rather, their healing occurred as they journeyed away from Jesus to show themselves to the priests. The journey is what seems to be the key. Regardless of where we are in our walk of faith at the present moment, despite our sinfulness and infirmities, we need to continue the journey, to carry on without stopping, for it's only in the journey that our healing will occur.
The leper who returned to offer thanks to Jesus, wasn't necessarily healed for all-time, according to Fr. Luke. His illness may have returned at a later time, and he might have had to return to the Lord to seek healing again. And, once again, he may have been afraid to come too close to the Lord. We, too, once healed from our sinfulness, might find ourselves falling back into sin again and again, and will need to go back to the Lord to seek spiritual healing many times over the course of our life's journey. But journey on in faithfulness we must go, trusting that the Lord will always be waiting to lovingly heal us if we but turn to him in humility and trust.
We ask that you allow your faithful servant, Fr. Luke, to continue his journey of faith. As he turns away from Your service to show himself to the doctors for medical care, heal him from his cancer. Keep him from fear and allow him to enjoy many return visits to You, unabashedly coming close to Your Heart, to ask for whatever healing he may need. Assist him in carrying his cross and allow him to use this time of suffering to enhance his already holy service to those who are burdened with crosses and leprosy of their own.
Thank you for blessing our Church with this holy, wise and faithful priest. In deep trust, we pray. Amen.