Reflection on Mark 1:40-45 ~
Aren’t we all a leper in some way? I have birth defects that make me feel less a human. Despite these issues, I believe Jesus touched me because I meekly approached him. In my journey, to be fully clean in Mary and Joseph’s tradition, I offered myself as one of Moses’s Israelite’s having gone through that prescribed procedure. Even when Jesus feels far away, we have the responsibility to allow faith alone to remind us that Jesus’s light inside will be revealed 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 reading of the Gospel and considering this reflection on Mark 1:40-45.