“Go and wash seven times in the Jordan,
and your flesh will heal, and you will be clean.”
But Naaman went away angry, saying,
“I thought that he would surely come out and stand there
to invoke the LORD his God,
and would move his hand over the spot,
and thus cure the leprosy.
Are not the rivers of Damascus, the Abana and the Pharpar,
better than all the waters of Israel?
Could I not wash in them and be cleansed?”
With this, he turned about in anger and left. (Today’s First Reading)
With Pope Francis in union with the bishops of the world set to consecrate Russia (and Ukraine) to the Immaculate Heart of Mary — according to the request made in 1917 at Fatima — no doubt many questions have arisen. What is the point? Why would this make a difference? How will this accomplish peace? And moreover, why did Our Lady also request reparation by the Five First Saturdays devotion as part of the appeal to bring about the Triumph of her heart, and a “period of peace”?
I have answered some of these questions in This is the Hour…. However, the simplest answer is “Because Heaven has asked us to.”