6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
"While Jesus was going about the villages of Galilee preaching, a leper came up and besought him: “If you will, you can make me clean”. Jesus did not shun contact with that man; on the contrary, impelled by deep participation in his condition, he stretched out his hand and touched the man — overcoming the legal prohibition — and said to him: “I will; be clean”. That gesture and those words of Christ contain the whole history of salvation, they embody God’s will to heal us, to purify us from the illness that disfigures us and ruins our relationships. In that contact between Jesus’ hand and the leper, every barrier between God and human impurity, between the Sacred and its opposite, was pulled down. This was not of course in order to deny evil and its negative power, but to demonstrate that God’s love is stronger than all illness, even in its most contagious and horrible form. Jesus took upon himself our infirmities, he made himself “a leper” so that we might be cleansed." - Pope Benedict XVI, Angelus Feb 12, 2012 Readings: Scripture Readings on USCCB.org
Be my protector, O God, a mighty stronghold to save me.
Entrance: Holy Is the Lord
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 147 Praise the Lord
They ate and had their fill, and what they craved the Lord gave to them; they were not disappointed in what they craved.