Gospel for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time—Mark 1:40-45
“A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, ‘If you wish, you can make me clean.’
Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, ‘I do will it. Be made clean.’ The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean. Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once. He said to him, ‘See that you tell no one anything, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.’
The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter. He spread the report abroad so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly. He remained outside in deserted places, and people kept coming to him from everywhere.”
Enter the scene, observing the dynamics.
What surprises you most in this account?
What message does that carry for you?
Heritage word—“Let us carry our cross silently and patiently, without complaints, which serve no other purpose than to aggravate the situation for us as well as for others.”
(Mother Mary Antonie, 4th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)