Ord. Wk 1st: Thursday,  Thursday, 11th January,2018  (Mk 1:40-45)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Curing of Illnesses: In today’s Gospel, Jesus proclaimed that He has come to cure diseases and illnesses.  This divine Compassion of Jesus is inseparable from the Good News of Salvation that He proclaimed.  When you are deeply disturbed, hurt or sick, do turn to Jesus with all your heart, and seek His Healing grace and Compassionate Love.  He is waiting for you.

Fr Philip Heng, S.J


A man suffering from a virulent skin-disease came to Jesus and pleaded on his knees saying, ‘If you are willing, you can cleanse me.’ Feeling sorry for him, Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him and said to him, ‘I am willing. Be cleansed.’ And at once the skin-disease left him and he was cleansed. 

And at once Jesus sternly sent him away and said to him, ‘Mind you tell no one anything, but go and show yourself to the priest, and make the offering for your cleansing prescribed by Moses as evidence to them.’ The man went away, but then started freely proclaiming and telling the story everywhere, so that Jesus could no longer go openly into any town, but stayed outside in deserted places. Even so, people from all around kept coming to him. 

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • •Acknowledging his unworthiness, the sick man recognizes the power of Jesus and trusts that He would heal him. 

  • •He seeks Jesus and begs on his knees, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”  We must never hesitate to seek Jesus for our needs and beg His mercy and forgiveness for our sins and failures.  

  • •How often do we speak to Jesus personally about our daily living and receive His mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation?