Thursday 17 January 2019

About Today Readings

St Anthony.
Hebrews 3:7-14. Psalm 94(95):6-11. Mark 1:40-45.

If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts – Psalm 94(95):6-11.

‘If you choose, you can make me clean.’

We know how it feels to be ignored in a conversation or encounter. Imagine what it would be like to be cast out of the community, even out of the family, because of leprous skin disease. You would not be able to work, join in any festival, or even go to the synagogue. You would be labelled as unclean, a sinner, as if you had brought this on yourself.

Then you hear about Jesus. Maybe he will heal you. You run to Jesus and fall on your knees, pleading for mercy. He does not disappoint you. He does the unthinkable. He reaches out and touches you! ‘Be cleansed’, he says. In your joy you forget Jesus asked you not to tell anyone.

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