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11, 1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 " Commentary -- 9.j, Gspel eommenta for Feb. 8ixth Sunday, Ordi. 45. me, Cycle B, Mark 1:40. L : begins Jesus' healing ac- major miracles in of Capernaum. The first A third miracle: A leper is cured _ _-- :kohdg:::i:::nh:ct]:;:idy as it may substituteturtledovesforthethreelambs.suc} J I L ;:: " I  was then understood. We assume time. I I ff:>.  ::! I i leprosy of house or clothing would J J  [ J i be some kind of mold ordeteriora- [ I  \\;  [  tion. The law concerning conduct of I I  t I i a leper and the conduct of others to- J 1,1  J i ward a leper is found in Leviticus [ I " [ i 13,14. The leper is said by Mark to I i IL I i approach Jesus. In doing so he I i l --J i broke the law that commanded: ] ...... E" i "The leper, shall wear torn clothes / DNrIZLGER i and let the hair of his head hang loose and he shall cover his upper Such were the medical-religious procedures of the When Jesus orders the man not to tell anyone about his cure and to go show himself to the priest Mark uses a strange Greek verb meaning "to snort," as does a frightened horse. Usually translated as "sternly charged," a more accurate translation would an exorcism performed in be "to threaten." Mark is never hesitant about at- on the Sabbath. The ' r tributing strong emotions to Jesus. Earlier in this estoratzon to health of story he noted how Jesus was moved with pity to- mother-in-law, ward the leper. Matthew and Luke, ever careful to on the Sabbath, eliminate emotional outbursts ascribed to Jesus in The third miracle Mark, change both emotional expressions in their Is Mark lip and cry: 'Unclean, unclean!'" version of this miracle story. In Luke Jesus "or- original mother-in- Simon's mother-in-law between a a demon and a leper? Interspersed miracles Mark speaks of peG- everywhere for healing and exor- that a leper approaches Jesus. He you will, you can make me is said to be moved with compassion the Unfortunate man. He is cleansed of sus orders him to say nothing to Cure but to go show himself to a Present the offering commanded in the The man ignores Jesus request for sts the news of his cure esus' fame as a healer now made it im- to enter towns but he had to stay but people "from every quarter" ! Several matters in the story that need was a term used for about any HIGHLAND CHAPEL 6300 FIRST AVE. iOur Locations "Where customers send their friends" Open nightly til 9 p.m. & Son s0,00, -J.r., - 4s2.m2 TOYOTA 1-800-937-USA1 s rost trouble free car made in America J. D. Powers CANAL |ing |nO. SERVICE Sales & Service TV & 2-Way FM 1916 W. FRANKLIN STREET PHONE(e*2) 429 Herman Goebel ]Vl[otor Co. 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The priest is to perform an elaborate ritual prescribed in Leviticus 14 be- fore the man can be readmitted to community life. To finalize the reintegration of a cured leper into the community, the former leper is ordered to offer two male lambs and a ewe lamb at the door of the sanctuary. Allowance is made for the poor. They dered" the man, while in Matthew Jesus merely "said" to the man. Both entirely omit the reference to Jesus' pity or compassion toward the leper. To a great extent leprosy and other skin dis- eases have been brought under control by medical science. Though still a dreaded disease, leprosy does not arouse the horror and fear it did in Jesus' time. Leprosy has been replaced in our time by AIDS as the dreaded, incurable disease. The general attitude of the public toward those suffering from AIDS gives us some idea of the ancient attitude toward leprosy. The Marcan Jesus' compassion toward the leper serves as a model for our compassion toward modern lepers. 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