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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.

'People from all around would come to him'. Sunday Reflections, 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

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Readings (New American Bible: Philippines, USA)
Gospel Mark 1:40-45 (Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa)
A leper came to Jesus and pleaded on his knees: 'If you want to' he said 'you can cure me.' Feeling sorry for him, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. 'Of course I want to!' he said. 'Be cured!' And the leprosy left him at once and he was cured. Jesus immediately sent him away and sternly ordered him, 'Mind you say nothing to anyone, but go and show yourself to the priest, and make the offering for your healing prescribed by Moses as evidence of your recovery.' The man went away, but then started talking about it freely and telling the story everywhere, so that Jesus could no longer go openly into any town, but had to stay outside in places where nobody lived. Even so, people from all around would come to him.

An Soiscéal Marcas 1:40-45 (Gaeilge, Ir…