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Mark 1:40-45

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 A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, ‘If you choose, you can make me clean.’ Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, ‘I do choose. Be made clean!’ Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. After sternly warning him he sent him away at once, saying to him, ‘See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.’ But he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the word, so that Jesus could no longer go into a town openly, but stayed out in the country; and people came to him from every quarter.

Mark 1:40-45
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    • ‘Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him.’ Leprosy in the Bible was not precisely what we mean by the term, but was a general name for any repulsive, scaly, skin disease. That first word, σπλαγχνισθειs, connotes a deep, gut-wrenching compassion, which showed itself in the extraordinary (for a man of that time) gesture of touching the leprosy.
    • Touch me, Lord. Touch the ugly bits of me that I do not like to look at. If you will, you can make me clean.
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    • This man must have been overwhelmed by gratitude - he did the very thing Jesus asked him not to do! Help me Lord to receive the gifts you offer, to rejoice in them but never to forget that they come from you.
    • I take some time to allow Jesus' loving look to linger on me. I hear him say, "I choose…" as he brings me blessing and longs for my wholeness.
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    • ‘Deeply moved, Jesus put out his hand and touched him.’ Jesus, the poet of God’s compassion, spoke in parables, but also in actions. He healed the sick and freed people from evil, brokenness and rejection. God’s mercy was not just a beautiful idea. In Jesus, God is the active champion of the suffering.
    • Lord, let my faith not be swamped by horror at the misery and hopelessness of so many in our world, in Africa, Ireland and elsewhere. Instead, I ask your blessing on those who devote themselves to compassionate care of the needy. They are the unsung champions of your love today. I ask the grace to be numbered among them.
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    • ‘Deeply moved, Jesus put out his hand and touched him.’ Jesus, the poet of God’s compassion, spoke in parables, but also in actions. He healed the sick and freed people from evil, brokenness and rejection. God’s mercy was not just a beautiful idea. In Jesus, God is the active champion of the suffering.
    • Lord, let my faith not be swamped by horror at the misery and hopelessness of so many in our world, in Africa, Ireland and elsewhere. Instead, I ask your blessing on those who devote themselves to compassionate care of the needy. They are the unsung champions of your love today. I ask the grace to be numbered among them.
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    • Leprosy was a term which covered a variety of skin diseases. In Jewish law any or all of them made the victim unclean. Lepers were often banished from society lest they might infect others. For Jesus to touch a leper was shocking. But in this way Jesus shows his closeness to us in our need. I thank him for this.
    • The leper becomes a disciple – he spreads the word. He witnesses to Jesus’ goodness. Can I let him take me by the hand so that I too may become a witness to what God is doing in my life?
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    • Jesus, the compassionate one, enters fully into the human mess of our lives. Leprosy was the most dreaded of diseases in his day. Jesus risks conflict and division for the sake of a nobody who was suffering exclusion and isolation from family and community.
    • The leper approaches in confident trust and Jesus touches his sore, leprous body. Lord, how do I approach you in prayer? Begging, kneeling, and asking for what I want? Let me feel your touch.
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    • Jesus affirms the desire of the man with leprosy: his ‘Certainly I want to,’ is his response to our desire for what is truly for our growth and wellbeing.
    • The leper knew his need and trusted that Jesus could help him. I pray with the same attitude, not hiding my neediness, not hesitant about bringing it before Jesus, listening for Jesus’ encouraging response.