6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B by Fr. Isaac A. Mensah

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6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B by Fr. Isaac A. Mensah

First Reading: Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 32:1-2, 5, 11
Second Reading: First Corinthians 10:31–11:1
Gospel: Mark 1:40-45

Theme: “If you will, you can make me clean”

Introduction:

Sickness and suffering are so commonplace in our world that it would seem we should not make too much fuss about them especially in this era of covid-19 a global pandemic. The sick, like the poor, are always with us (Mk. 14:7). Health-care facilities – hospitals, clinics, leprosariums, centres for the disabled, nursing homes and day-care centres are always full. Heath-care workers – doctors, pharmacists, nurses, chaplains, counselors, men and women religious, administrators and volunteers – are constantly in demand. But no matter how common, sickness and suffering are still very strange and will always be full of mystery. They present a problem to all who want to believe in a just and fair world; they create difficulties for continuing faith in the goodness and kindness of God. This is exactly what our readings of today avert our minds to.

Explanation of the text

The first reading of today gives us some of the rules laid down by Moses regarding lepers in Israel under the inspiration of God. Lepers were considered as outcast and rejected by the society due to the virulent nature of the disease and its association with curse. In our gospel reading of today we hear of a leper who dared to break the protocols regarding lepers and mounted the stage of faith to make an extraordinary request of favour.

Speaking with the audacity of someone who has no other options, the man summoned Jesus to reveal what he was all about: “If you wish, you can make me clean”. The man had no question about whether Jesus could accomplish the feat, only whether Jesus wanted to do so, whether he would choose it as part of the mission for which he had come.

It was just like saying “not my will but your will be done” ( Lk 22:42). According to Mark, the man’s request stirred Jesus to his depths. Even before he could speak, his hand was reaching out, touching the man’s spurned and suffering body, transforming it with tenderness. Then prouncing the words that explained his gesture and made his will effective, Jesus said, “I do will it. Be made clean.”

Beloved God answers all our prayers in His own ways not ours. He doesn’t work with our timetable and therefore no prayer is a wasted effort when it is offered in a good state and for right reasons. Our God is one who answers prayers but according to His will. Sometimes we want to dictate the pace to God, forgetting that He makes things right in His own time (Eccl 3:11).

Paul in our second reading talks about imitating him as he imitates Christ. We need to approach Jesus by daring to break down all protocols and mount the stage of faith with our brokenness and vulnerability to seek for His touch because His touch is excellence and beautiful….

Have A Wonderful Sunday

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