You, my friend, are a winner! You are victorious over the world. How do I know? St. John says so in our first reading today. "Who indeed is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?" That's you, right?
In today's Gospel reading from Luke 5, Jesus heals a leper. The man comes to Jesus, falls prostrate and says, "Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean." Jesus touches him and replies, "I do will it. Be made clean." And the leprosy left him immediately.
There's an important point to the leper's plea. He starts with, "Lord, if you wish..." He submits himself to the Lord's will. If I may be so bold, this is the correct way to pray. We can certainly ask for anything of the Lord. But we must always begin with, "Lord, if it be your will..." So we can ask for anything we desire, but we must always be willing to accept whatever God's will may be.
Father, may we always be open to whatever your will may be, as we step out in faith and pray that thy will be done. Amen.