Gospel – Mark 1:40-45

A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said,
“If you wish, you can make me clean.”
Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand,
touched him, and said to him,
“I do will it. Be made clean.”
The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.
Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once.

He said to him, “See that you tell no one anything,
but go, show yourself to the priest
and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed;
that will be proof for them.”

The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter.
He spread the report abroad
so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.
He remained outside in deserted places,
and people kept coming to him from everywhere.

Reflection on the Gospel

Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.

“If you wish, you can make me clean.”
The leper realized that he needing healing and he had the faith that Jesus could do it if he wished.
Am I as wise?
Do I  realize that I need healing?
Do I have the same faith?
Do I know that Jesus can heal me if he wishes?
This would be a good time to talk these things over with Jesus.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for us.
Live, Jesus, in our hearts – Forever.