6 Sunday in Ordinary Time: 11 February 2018
Gospel Reading Mark 1: 40-45
A leper came to Jesus and pleaded on his knees: “if you want to”, he said “you can cure me.” Feeling sorry for him, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, “Of course I want to!” he said. “Be cured!” And the leprosy left him at once and he was cured/ Jesus immediately sent him away and sternly ordered him, “mind you say nothing to anyone, but go and show yourself to the priest, and make the offering for your healing prescribed by Moses as evidence of your recovery. The man went away, but then started talking about it freely and telling the story everywhere, so that Jesus could no longer go openly into any town, but had to stay outside in places where nobody lived. Even so people from all around would come to him.
“A leper came to him” Have you ever had the experience of being excluded from your family/friends/community?. Recall someone who made a difference in your life at a bad time – offer a prayer of Thanksgiving / Repentance.
“Mind you say nothing to anyone.” Can you remember a time in your life when you confided in someone in confidence – they respected your wish? In our families and communities are you the person in whom others can confide, confident that you will not betray their trust with gossip. Offer a prayer of Thanks
“If you want to come and cure me” Think of nations torn apart by feud and treated like lepers by superpowers for example Israelis and Arabs in the Holy Land, Tamils and Sinhalese in Sri Lanka. Give thanks for the United Nations that try to heal the wrongs of violence and deeply entrenched resentments’.