Thursday 11 January 2018

About Today Readings

St Theodosius.

1 Samuel 4:1-11. Psalm 43(44):10-11, 14-15, 24-25. Mark 1:40-45.

Save us, Lord, in your mercy—Psalm 43(44):10-11, 14-15, 24-25.

Cut off from God and community.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus takes the place of the leper as the one who is shunned and excluded. By touching the leper, he is made ritually unclean and unable to enter the places where people live. People are drawn to him nevertheless. The leper is an example of great faith and trust in Jesus’ power and mercy.

Many commentators on the psalms note that they cover the full range of human emotions.

Today’s psalm picks up on the devastation and despair that the Israelites felt after they were defeated and the Ark of the Covenant fell into the hands of the Philistines. They cry out to God for help to restore them as a nation.

Let our prayer for today be words of the leper (‘If you want to, you can cure me’), content in the knowledge that the Lord’s answer will be ‘Of course I want to’.

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