First Reading: Leviticus 13: 1-2, 44-46
Psalms: 31(32): 1-2, 5,11
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:31 -11:1
Gospel: Mark 1: 40-45
“If you want to, you can cure me”.
Jesus says “of course I want to”! “Be cured”.
In the ancient world a leper was not only sick with an incurable illness, but also had to live outside society, away from family, friends, and all contacts!
Now we can cure leprosy.
There are other forms of leprosy that need healing..
A person’s past mistakes can make them become left out of society for ever.
A person’s sexual orientation can make then left on the outer, by some.
Race, social status, a person’s beliefs, and so many other things can leave a person on the outer.
Jesus, the healer, reaches out to the leper. We are also called to be part of the healing mission of Jesus.
We cannot just be followers or popularist when it comes to judgement of others, the stereotyping of people, the prejudices, and fears of the different.
Jesus broke the taboos of His times and did not run away from the leper. He saw beyond the social fears of His time.
In the second reading, St. Paul reminds us to do all for the Glory of God. He reminds us to be sensitive to beliefs and the feelings of others.
Paul was not about proving himself right. He was genuine about helping people, bringing them to Christ to be saved. Christ was his model.
There are many instances where he was sensitive to the beliefs of others, even when he did not share their belief.
He spoke strongly when he needed to. However, he was also sensitive, meeting people where they were. This included some of the deity laws as well as other practices of Jewish law.
He was able to say “In everything love”.