Come, Holy Spirit. Help me to believe that Jesus can cleanse me.
Picture Jesus cleansing the leper.
Mark provides no geographical setting for this miracle. His goal is to show Jesus’ power and how his fame quickly spreads. Jesus tries to avoid this publicity.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- Having seen others who were healed, the leper believes totally.
- Jesus shows deep human feelings of compassion for the leper’s condition.
- Jesus comes close. He touches the leper and makes himself ritually unclean.
- His power goes forth quickly. He uses just a simple word, “Be clean.”
- The leper cannot control his joy. He tells everyone the story.
- The crowds find Jesus even when he remains in deserted places. They know the power of God is in their midst.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- Lord Jesus, I know you have power. I have read the gospel stories.
- I ask with all my heart, “Please make me clean.”
- Jesus, you always have compassion for me.
- You come close. You touch me. You make me whole.
- After you cleanse me, I can begin a new life.
- My tongue will not be silent. I will tell everyone. I will claim your mighty deeds.
- By my words, others will believe in you and search for you.
Resolutions: (Use one of these or make one of your own.)
+ No matter what my illness (moral or physical) I will believe that Jesus can make me clean.
+ I will be God’s witness, telling others of Jesus’ compassion for them.