Word of the day

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Reading of the day

First reading from the Book of Leviticus
Lv 13:1-2, 44-46

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron,
“If someone has on his skin a scab or pustule or blotch
which appears to be the sore of leprosy,
he shall be brought to Aaron, the priest,
or to one of the priests among his descendants.
If the man is leprous and unclean,
the priest shall declare him unclean
by reason of the sore on his head.

“The one who bears the sore of leprosy
shall keep his garments rent and his head bare,
and shall muffle his beard;
he shall cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean!’
As long as the sore is on him he shall declare himself unclean,
since he is in fact unclean.
He shall dwell apart, making his abode outside the camp.”


Second reading from the First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians
1 Cor 10:31—11:1

Brothers and sisters,
Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,
do everything for the glory of God.
Avoid giving offense, whether to the Jews or Greeks or
the church of God,
just as I try to please everyone in every way,
not seeking my own benefit but that of the many,
that they may be saved.
Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.


Gospel of the day

From the Gospel according to Mark
Mk 1:40-45

A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said,
“If you wish, you can make me clean.”
Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand,
touched him, and said to him,
“I do will it. Be made clean.”
The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.
Then, warning the him sternly, he dismissed him at once.

He said to him, “See that you tell no one anything,
but go, show yourself to the priest
and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed;
that will be proof for them.”

The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter.
He spread the report abroad
so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.
He remained outside in deserted places,
and people kept coming to him from everywhere.

Words of the Holy Father

So often, I think that it may be, I wouldn’t say impossible, but very difficult to do good without getting our hands dirty. And Jesus got dirty with his closeness. But then, He went even further, saying to the man who was freed from his illness: “Go to the priests, and do what must be done when a leper is healed. Jesus includes that man who was excluded from social life: He includes him in the Church, includes him in society. “Go, so that everything is just as it should be”. Jesus never marginalizes anyone, ever. He marginalizes Himself in order to include the marginalized, to include us, sinners, marginalized people, by His life”. (Santa Marta, 26 June 2015)