Mark 1:40-45 Reflection
Aren’t we the leper in some way? I have several birth defects that make me less of a person. Despite these issues, I believe Jesus touched me because I approached him. To be fully clean I offered myself as one of Moses’s Israelites having gone through that prescribed procedure. Yet, there are times that Jesus seems far away. Even receiving Eucharist does not bring the sense of Jesus’s presence. However, I know faith will show its light to others.
Mark 1 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Jesus Cleanses a Leper
40 A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, “If you choose, you can make me clean.” 41 Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I do choose. Be made clean!” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 43 After sternly warning him he sent him away at once, 44 saying to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” 45 But he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the word, so that Jesus could no longer go into a town openly, but stayed out in the country; and people came to him from every quarter.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Mark 1:40-45.