Gospel for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Mark 1:40-45

Summary: A leper's plea for healing was met with Jesus' compassionate touch and affirmation, leading to immediate cleansing. Despite Jesus' directive for discretion and adherence to Mosaic law for verification, the healed man publicized his miracle, complicating Jesus' public ministry and drawing even larger crowds to seek him in solitude.

Leprosy Healing and Its Aftermath

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 the 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.

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