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HOMILY FOR THE SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B

READINGS
Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46
1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1
Mark 1:40-45

THEME: A LEPER CAME TO JESUS…

Beloved in Christ, today we observe Mark beginning his gospel with a very curious and interesting phrase “a leper came to Jesus” (Mark 1:40) and we wonder why this has to happen. This is because the leper had no business being in public let alone associating with Jesus.

He was suffering from a disease of isolation due to the social, physical and religious situation of the disease. He was also even supposed to rip his clothes and announce his presence when moving in the community with loud cries. (Leviticus 13:44-46)

Beloved, the leper was not to approach anyone, however, this unnamed leper not only came to Jesus but he came carrying a request along – “if you want to” (Mark 1:40)

My dear friend, how far are you willing to go for God? Are you ready to take risks for God? The leper overcame every obstacle with determination and courage for he saw Jesus as his only access to the life giving power of God and a cure.

Unfortunately, most of us Christians today are not courageous and determined for God. Therefore, we despair at the least negative comments about who we are.

Also, the lack of determination is due to a lack of purpose as far as our relationship with God is concerned . And it is this situation that at times explains our laziness when it comes to our communion with God.

Remember, for the determined Christian, nothing prevents him from communion with God – not even sleep, lack of new clothing or money for offering.

Beloved in Christ, hearing this reading on the heels of lent is an invitation to be sincere with ourselves, admit who we are and come to God with honesty, humility and hope without recourse to what people around us may say because of who we are.

May our preparation for lent fill us with courage to go to God just as we are; ‘lepers’/‘sinners ‘who need a cure.

 

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