The Year of Our Lord 2019, Mar. 10, Sunday Of The Leper
Liturgy of the Word pg. 196, Creed pg. 748
Anaphora of St. Mark, pg. 835
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Sunday, March 10
CLEANSING OF THE LEPER SUNDAY
Rom 6:12-23—Freedom from Sin / Life in God
Therefore, sin must not reign over your mortal bodies so that you obey their desires. And do not present the parts of your bodies to sin as weapons for wickedness, but present yourselves to God as raised from the dead to life and the parts of your bodies to God as weapons for righteousness. For sin is not to have any power over you, since you are not under the law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? Of course not! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, although you were once slaves of sin, you have become obedient from the heart to the pattern of teaching to which you were entrusted. Freed from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness.
I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your nature. For just
as you presented the parts of your bodies as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness for lawlessness, so now present them as slaves to righteousness for sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from righteousness. But what profit did you get then from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.
But now that you have been freed from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit that you have leads to sanctification, and its end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Mk 1:35-43—Jesus Leaves Capernaum / The Cleansing of a Leper
Rising very early before dawn, Jesus left and went off to a deserted place, where he
prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said,
“Everyone is looking for you.” He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.” So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee. A leper came to him 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.
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As we journey through Lent our Gospel passage today is the healing of the leper. The miracle is a bold statement about sin and human perception.
It was understood in the time of Jesus, that if one was afflicted with any physical ailment it was the result of sin. So in this instance, the leper would have been viewed as a sinner and thus excluded from society. Jesus, on the other hand, thinks otherwise. He chooses to heal the leper and thus Jesus restores not only the man’s health but also his standing in society and his hope for a better life.
Our First Reading taken from Paul’s Letter to the Romans picks up on this theme of being slaves to sin. He writes, ‘For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace’ (v14). Paul, like Jesus, opposes the notion that physical ailment is punishment for one’s sins.
Paul then takes it further, urging each person to distance themselves from sin and what causes harm and instead insists on righteousness, ‘and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness’ (v18).
Jesus came to set us free from what keeps us down. Jesus leads us away from sin, invites us into relationships, and offers us hope for the future, as he did for the leper. So let us take up the offer of righteousness this Lent, and live in the grace of God. Amen
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