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'If you choose, you can make me clean.' Sunday Reflections, 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Christ as Saviour, El Greco,  National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh Web Gallery  GospelMark 1:40-45 (New RSV, Catholic Ed., Can.)


A lepercame to Jesus begging him, and kneelinghe said to him, “If you choose, you can make me clean.”Moved with pity,Jesusstretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I do choose. Be made clean!”Immediately the leprosyleft 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 Jesuscould no longer go into a town openly, but stayed out in the country; and people came to him from every quarter.