Vol: 45, No.14 6TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME ( B) February 11 2018  
Be my protector, O God, a mighty stronghold to save me. For you are my rock, my stronghold! Lead me, guide me, for the sake of your name. (Ps 31:3-4)
From the time of Moses till the time of Jesus leprosy has been a dreaded disease. A person who contracted leprosy had a miserable existence. Lepers were to wear torn clothes and keep their hair uncut and utter a warning about their uncleanness. But Jesus changes the plight of lepers definitively. In the gospel of today Jesus cures a leper and the leper becomes an enthusiastic supporter of his mission. Though told to go and procure approval from the priest about his cure, the man shows great earnestness in making Jesus and his mission known. Today’s liturgy of the Word teaches us that we must not disregard any human person. A person may be sick, unattractive, oversized or disfigured but his dignity cannot be taken away from him. Do I show aversion to people who do not appear to our own liking? (Pause)
I Confess to almighty God/and to you,/ my brothers and sisters,/ that I have greatly sinned,/ in my thoughts and in my words,/ in what I have done/and in what I have failed to do,/ through my fault,/ through my fault,/ through my most grievous fault;/ therefore I ask blessed Mary ever Virgin,/ all the Angels and Saints,/ and you, my brothers and
sisters,/ to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Glory to God...
O God, who teach us that you abide in hearts that are just and true, grant that we may be so fashioned by your grace as to become a dwelling pleasing to you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(In the case of a skin disease, if the priest on examination confirms that it is serious and defiling, then the affected person must wear torn clothes and cover his upper lips and cry, “Unclean, unclean.”)
A reading from the Book of Leviticus
(13:1-2, 45-46)

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “When a man has on the skin of his body a swelling or an eruption or a spot, and it turns into a leprous disease on the skin of his body, then he shall be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons the priests. The leper who has the disease shall wear torn clothes and let the hair of his head hang loose, and he shall cover his upper lip and cry, ‘Unclean, unclean.’ He shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease; he is unclean; he shall dwell alone in a habitation outside the camp.”
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