Sunday, February 14, 2021

Sunday Scripture & Prayer Requests

Christ cleansing a leper by Jean-Marie Melchior
Doze, 1864. [PD-US]

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 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.

Mark 1: 40-45

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  1. That story always makes me laugh and wonder. That guy just could NOT keep his mouth shut. And Jesus must have known that, still he healed him and send him on his way.

  2. The painting gives me pause. In Biblical times, people never would have gathered around the "unclean." They would have stayed far way. But, I love the emotion in the painting and the power that it depicts going out of Jesus as he heals the leper. In my opinion, it's a moving portrayal of the gospel story.


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