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6th Sunday B. 2024 | Super Bowl Sunday

The Beatles:  60 years this week Ed. Sullivan Show 

All My Loving 

I wanna hold your hand 

Band on the Run. 


Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46 

1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1 

Mark 1:40-45 


To the Leper who says: ‘If you will, you can make me clean” Jesus says, “I do will it. Be made clean.”

To all those whom we have named unclean – Jesus says when they come to him, “I do will it. Be made clean,” and then Jesus says, ‘I wanna hold your hand.’ Jesus touched him. 

In that touch, all the loving of God for you and for me flowed from Jesus to the leper. This was a great blessing.  This was a miraculous healing; this was a wonderful reconciliation. The outcast leper was now reunited to the community, his family, himself, because Jesus wants to hold your hand.  

We know that the band of lepers were on the run. They spread the report about Jesus from coast to coast. Jesus breaks up the lonely-hearts club by sharing his sacred heart and precious blood.  

Jesus wills to bless and not curse the leper.  

MK. 7:24-30 A Syrophoenician Greek woman whose daughter was possessed by an unclean spirit asked for his blessing – to drive out the demon. Her daughter was “stuck inside these four walls. Sent inside forever. Never seeing no one Nice again.” 

But Jesus willed it. “Well, the rain exploded with a mighty crash. As we fell into the [Son of God]. And the first one said to the second one there I hope you're having fun.”  

Jesus wants to hold your hand. To bless you. To heal you. To reconcile you and I hope you’re having fun! 

For this reason, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the faith issued a declaration “On the Pastoral Meaning of Blessings.” A declaration that continues the mission of Jesus to hold the hand, to bring blessing, and to reconcile those considered lepers among us, by us. The Declaration quotes Pope Francis in part: “We are more important to God than all the sins we can commit…he has blessed us forever” [par. 27]. 

“Who sinned?” This was a common question asked about sick people in the time of Jesus. People born blind, “Who sinned?’ A person with leprosy, “Who sinned?” A person insane, “Who sinned?” 

In our time we now know that these illnesses are not about who sinned. But there are other conditions to which we attach the judgement of sin. Even so, God through Jesus, by the ministry of the Church, wills to hold their unclean hands, sharing all God’s loving, so that they and we can stop running open ourselves to the good, and stand in the freedom, the dignity and the glory of the children of God. 


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