Mark 1: 40-45 A Man with an Unclean Skin

 James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). Healing of the Lepers at Capernaum (Guérison des lépreux à Capernaum), 1886-1894. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 11 1/4 x 6 3/16 in. (28.6 x 15.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.89 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 00.159.89_PS1.jpg)

And a man with a skin condition came to him,  begging and kneeling, and saying to him: If you wish you can cleanse me.’

And filled with anger, stretching his hand, he touched him, and said ‘I wish, be clean.’ And immediately the disease left him, and he was cleansed. 

And having  strictly warned him,  immediately  he sent him away. And he said to him, ‘See to it that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer what Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a witness to them. 

But the man, as he went out began to proclaim many things  and spread the word., so that he could no longer enter a town openly, but he was out in deserted places. And they came to him from everywhere.

Grant, Lord,
that we may hold to you without parting,
worship you without wearying,
serve you without failing;
faithfully seek you,
happily find you,
and forever possess you,
the only God,blessed now and for ever.

St Anselm

3 Replies to “Mark 1: 40-45 A Man with an Unclean Skin”

  1. Yesterday & today’s readings go to the heart of two issues I find difficult. Anger and casting out demons/ healing. Where do these fit into our faith?

  2. Graham – anger is a part of our God-given make up. It powers us up to face obstacles and troubles. However it is a very dangerous tool – there are few things done better angry than calmly. The maxim is ‘be angry but do not sin.’ Eph 4:6. We can trust Jesus to be in control of his anger (and not vv).

    1. Thanks Derek, I should have qualified this as “Jesus’s anger” and his example of anger and compassion is the one to follow!

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