(Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, February 11, 2018.
A miraculous cure.
A leper asks Jesus: “If you wish, you can make me clean” (Mark 1:40). Now, God sent his only Son to take upon himself the afflictions of a suffering humanity so humanity may be made clean.
The illness that eats away the flesh of humanity is that which takes the form of exploitation of man by man. This illness disfigures the face of humankind. It is an illness inflicted by a few, painful to most, and degrading to all.
The deeper miracle consists in Jesus’ taking upon himself the ostracism of the leper and exposing the illnesses of humanity. Let us explain:
After the miraculous cure, Jesus said to the one who had been cured: “See that you tell no one anything” (Mark 1:44). “[But] the man went away and began to publicize the whole matter. He spread the report abroad, so it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly. He remained outside in deserted places” (Mark 1:45). Jesus had taken upon himself the ostracism of the leper who, in accordance with the law, was mandated “to dwell apart, making his abode outside the camp” (Leviticus 13:46).
God’s work was made more difficult by a world suffering the disease of marginalizing its own, by a world where man exploits man. The healed leper failed to understand that God needed his cooperation in order to go about curing the world from all sorts of illnesses – individual and societal.
Those individuals (or nations) who fail to understand that God has come to cure the diseases that eat away the flesh of humanity, prevent him from entering a town openly, they force God to retreat to deserted places, they stand in the way of a truly peaceful, just, and healthy human society.
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).