Thursday 16 January 2020
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
‘Jesus heals leper; tells him to show, be silent, speaks and news spreads.’
Jesus, right from the beginning you didn’t let worry about what people would think of you get in the way of your compassion. Lepers were considered unclean and no devout Jew would touch them. They would themselves become unclean. That is why lepers were driven out of town.
But you met the leper, touched him and cured him. Compassion trumped law. But did you really think that the man cured of leprosy could keep quiet about it? He suddenly returns to the village and was going to be silent? And you must have known that people who heard the story would see you as irreligious. Jesus, I thank you for your compassion to my leprous spirit. Never let timidity prevent me from being compassionate.