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Gospel for the Thursday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time

Mark 1:40-45

Summary: A leper approached Jesus, seeking healing. Moved by compassion, Jesus touched and healed him, instructing him to tell no one but to show himself to the priest and offer the required sacrifice. Contrarily, the man publicized his healing, leading to such widespread attention that Jesus had to remain in isolated areas, although people still sought Him from far and wide.

Healing of a Leper

A leper came to him and kneeling down begged him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.”

Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched the leper, 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. Then 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.

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