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People came to Jesus from every quarter

2 Cor 5:19-20: God has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.
  Let us Pray ...
Heavenly Father, we know our sin has broken your heart and offended your holiness. Words, therefore, cannot communicate our thankfulness to you. You were hurt by our sin and yet provided a sacrifice to redeem us from it and reconcile us back to you. We praise you for your grace, thank you for your love, and promise to share your mercy. Through Infant Jesus our sacrifice pray. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (January 13, 2011)
Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
First Reading:  Heb 3:7-14
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 95:6-7c,8-9,10-11
Gospel:  Mark 1:40-45
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Mark 1:40-45)
Usually a leper would be stoned or at least warded off if he tried to approach a rabbi. Jesus not only grants the man his appeal, but he reveals the individual love, sympathy, and tenderness of God in his bodily touch. This leper did impressive and remarkable. He came near Jesus self-confidently and respectfully, expecting that Jesus could and would cure him. The medical knowledge of his day would have look upon such contact as serious risk for incurring disease. Jesus met the man's misery with sympathy and tender compassion. He communicated the love and forgiveness of God in a sign that spoke more eloquently than words. He touched the man and made him spotless – not only bodily but spiritually as well. The Lord is always ready to show us his mercy and to free us from whatever makes us unclean, unapproachable, or unloving towards others. How do you approach those who are difficult to love, or who are shunned by others because they are deformed or have some defect? Do you show them kindness and offer them mercy and help as Jesus did?


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