Mark 1:40-45 - Cleansing of the Leper

The Man Went Away and Began to Publicize the Whole Matter

My Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter.”

—Mark 1:40-45

This should be our response to all the marvelous things Jesus has done for us. Just as the healed leper in today’s gospel could not hold in the joy of the good news of His mercy; our gratitude should well up in our hearts spontaneously. If not, pray for the gift of gratitude.

“How can I keep from singing!” is the title of an old hymn. Also, Mary sings her continuous hymn of praise called the Magnificat. “The Almighty has done great things for me and Holy is His name!” Witnessing our thanks to God is a most effective form of evangelizing. It includes communicating to others the great things that Jesus has done for me; another day of life, my family, my job, my home, the faith community in my parish. A gratitude list often written down in a journal could help me be a more effective evangelizer.

If it is difficult to find things for which I am grateful, I can use this as a new discipline during Lent, which begins this Wednesday. Faithful expressions of gratitude from the heart can be a great Lenten practice.

Let us all support one another on the journey to new life in the resurrection!

—Fr.Dave