Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Published on Feb 10th, 2018 by Parish Office | 0

“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.” Mk 1:40

My Dear St. Bernadette Family,

If we allow it, today’s gospel can be deeply moving for us. We see a leper approaching Jesus and as our first reading instructs us he is breaking the law and risking the punishment of being stoned. But surprisingly Jesus approaches him and touches him. Not only does this make Jesus unclean in terms of ritual sacrifice but also in risk of getting to the disease itself. It’s a remarkable story of the love of God that compels Jesus to touch and to heal everyone.

It seems that Jesus didn’t calculate the cost so much when it came to being moved to act and to heal. We see him time and time again taking the chance stepping forward embracing those who are in need. Often times the story concludes as does this week’s, telling us that it made life much harder for Jesus himself, harder to travel, harder to deal with the religious authorities and of course even dealing with his own followers.
Too often we calculate the cost to see if it is worth it or not for us. Jesus would invite us instead to do the work of healing and worry about the price later.

With love,

Fr. Tom

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