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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B
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In today’s Gospel, Jesus is approached by a man plagued with a disease called Leprosy. In Jesus’ time, people who had leprosy were viewed as “unclean.” In fact, they were not even allowed to live in the Community – they lived in isolation – and anytime anyone came near them they had to shout “Unclean!” loudly so people knew to stay away from them. Sometimes they were even forced to wear bells around their necks so people knew when they were coming.
Even though the man was sick and knew that he was supposed to stay away from everyone else, he still approached Jesus and asked to be healed. And we read that Jesus showed compassion and mercy, and did heal the man.
Similarly, we could view our sin as a sort of sickness that plagues each of us. Jesus wants to heal us of that! He has compassion upon us – he wants us to come to him! We hear this emphasized by St. Paul in our 2nd reading. Our souls are can’t be healthy if we don’t refrain from sin. But because of his infinite love for us – and because Jesus wants to spend eternity with us – we can go to him in the Sacrament of Confession and have our sins forgiven – we can be healed.
Discussion Questions –
What’s the worst part about being sick? What makes you feel better? What can you do for someone who is sick?
Think of a person or group of people who might be isolated or feel alienated because of sickness or being homebound. What can you do as a family to show them the compassion and love of Jesus?
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