Readings for Feb. 12
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Leviticus 13:1-2,44-46 1; Corinthians 10:31-11:1; Mark 1:40-45
The leper who came to Jesus had a lot of courage. He was not supposed to go near anyone who had healthy skin. And Jesus showed as much courage by touching him. Anyone who did that could be told he was now unfit for society. He would have become like a leper.
The news about Jesus having healed Simon’s mother-in-law, and freeing a man from a demon, had probably spread even to the lepers outside town. The man begged Jesus to make him “clean” must have had faith in this preacher who had been walking through Galilee.
Jesus’ first reaction to this man, who may have had a very unattractive appearance, was compassion. And he healed him.
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