Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched the leper, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.”
Mark 1:41
He spread the report around 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.
Mark 1: 45

Good morning, Lord. Even in “deserted places,” let us seek you out. Sometimes I find you in the dryness of my soul.

This will be a busy day, our first Communion service since before Christmas. We are back in ordinary time; the days are lengthening, however gradually, and New Year’s resolutions are sliding from our consciousness. There are just five weeks until Lent. Please help me to give whatever I am able. Work through me.

In spite of your admonition, the leper cannot keep silent. He who had been considered dead is brought back from oblivion. How can he refrain from sharing his story? In his elation, he forgets your warning and broadcasts the miracle. Yet, your will is done, whether or not we cooperate.
Today, Lord, let me be your witness. Work in me with or without my awareness. Thy will be done.

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