• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

Saturday, 13 February 2021 10:36

The Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time - 2021

Written by Fr Prakash Menezes SVD


Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Year B

Readings: Leviticus 13:1-2,44-46; 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1; Mark 1:40-45

If you want to

Fr Prakash Menezes SVD 150The person suffering with leprosy, in today’s Gospel, takes the initiative to come to Jesus, and in a way, puts the ball in Jesus’ court and says, “If you want to, you can cure me.” It must have taken an enormous leap of faith from his part, first, to come into the community, from which he is banished due to his sickness (today’s first reading from the book of Leviticus (13:1ff) talks about how the person with leprosy should be treated); second, to make sure that Jesus can heal him, not just heal him from his physical ailment, but also from the emotional and physical abuse he has suffered due to the illness.

Jesus, on the other hand, ‘feels sorry’ for him, that is to say, he feels compassion for him and wants him cured, wants him to become whole again and wants him to be accepted back into the community, so Jesus says, “Of course I want to! Be cured.” And he does this by touching the person. Strong and clear words of healing and a gentle gesture of assurance; ‘I want you to be cured, I want you to be accepted back, I want you to become whole again and I want you to be brought back into your family and loved ones.’

The healing of the person with leprosy has a lot of symbolism for us in our modern day living. We all know that the leprosy can be treated with modern medicine and through many awareness campaigns, not many leprosy patients are ostracised today. Leprosy is not something to be afraid of and no person need to be banished from the community. On the other hand, do we have people banished from our society because they are different from us? Have we banished someone because they have different approach to life than we have? Have we banished people form fully participating in Church’s life because they are ‘living in sin’? Aren’t we still ostracising people because of their colour, sex, sexual orientation, beliefs, ethnicity, sickness and so on? It is not just the physical disease that needs to be cured but also the emotional, psychological and spiritual ailments need to be addressed, and that is what Jesus does today to the person with leprosy.

How can we be the healers in our society? How can we stop being ‘banishers’ and become ‘uniters’? How can we reach out and touch people in their disabilities and try to make them whole again? It is work in progress, dear friends, and the underlying principle is to feel ‘compassion’ as Jesus felt towards the person with leprosy.

Let us, then, pledge today to walk in the path of Jesus. Let us look around us and see if we, as a community, are ostracising anyone. Let us reach out to them and gently touch them in their situation. Let us raise them up and work towards bringing them back into the community. Let us work towards making them whole again and in the process, we ourselves, become whole in the presence of God. Amen.