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Sunday, February 11, 2018

A Homily – Mark 1:40 – 45 ©

The Gospel According to Mark – 2018.02.11

Healer and Teacher

The ministry of Jesus was that of a healer.

He healed the body of disease, he freed the minds and the hearts of his followers.

His intention was not to subvert the existing order, or to encourage people to abandon the temple. He did not aim to overthrow the priesthood, or to undermine the law.

Jesus did not seek fame for himself, or to be rewarded for the fruit of his ministry and service.

Nevertheless people sought him out, and as a consequence he was forced to teach and perform his ministry beyond the margins of society. He remained an outsider.

The Leprosy Left the Man at Once, and he Was Cured

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.

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