First Reading | Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46

Over three thousand years ago, medical knowledge about the treatment of leprosy was limited and the prescriptions for those affected may sound extreme. The practice outlined in today’s reading is for the protection of the wider populace—something that is important to a developing society.

1 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 2 “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. 44 If the man is leprous and unclean, the priest shall declare him unclean by reason of the sore on his head. 45 “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!’ 46 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.”

Responsorial Psalm | Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11

R: I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.

1 Blessed is he whose fault is taken away, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed the man to whom the Lord imputes not guilt, in whose spirit there is no guile. (R) 5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you, my guilt I covered not. I said, “I confess my faults to the Lord,” and you took away the guilt of my sin. (R) 11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you just; exult, all you upright of heart. (R)

Second Reading | 1 Corinthians 10:31–11:1

We need Paul’s confidence when he encouraged his readers to imitate him in the same way he imitated Christ. Paul embraced discipleship as a way of life. How committed are we in following Christ? Let us weigh what we want in life and the price we are willing to pay for it.

31 Brothers and sisters: Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. 32 Avoid giving offense, whether to Jews or Greeks or the church of God, 33 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. 11:1 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

Gospel | Mark 1:40-45

Being healed from leprosy is a miracle and it is impossible not to tell the people about it. Formerly an outcast, the one healed from leprosy can become part of the society once again. In his Gospel, Mark highlights the fact that if we believe we have been saved by the Good News, then it is natural for us to tell others about it.

Gospel Acclamation

A great prophet has arisen in our midst, God has visited his people.

40 A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” 41 Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.” 42 The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean. 43 Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once. 44 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.” 45 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.