HOMILY FOR THURSDAY: THE FIRST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (14/1/2021)

HOMILY FOR THURSDAY: THE FIRST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (14/1/2021)

HEBREWS 3:7-14; PSALM 94; MARK 1:40-45

Jesus cures a leper in today’s Gospel passage. In the Biblical sense, leprosy was described as a swelling of the skin, with crust and whitish patch, which severity might have been evaluated by the depth of the affected skin. It leaves the leper horrible, disfigured and mutilated. Leprosy is a type of sin that leaves us horrible to behold, disfigured and mutilates beauty. Just as Leprosy is contagious, sin is also contagious. It spreads, trends and corrupts all who are not spiritually  watchful and careful. Jesus cured the leper; He has the power also to cure our spiritual leprosy. But like the Leper we must go to Him; we must ask Him to forgive us and make us clean. Now is the best time to be made whole. Beloved, “O that today you would listen to his voice do not harden your hearts”.

 Let us pray

Purify me with hyssop and I shall be clean; wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. Remove every ungodly thought, motivation or intention that resides within me. Cleanse me so that I can be made righteous in Jesus’ name. Amen

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Fr. Daniel Evbotokhai is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria. He was ordained October 20th, 2018. He offers his daily homilies, talks and articles that bother on, faith, theology, morals and many other burning issues in religion and politics. Fr. Daniel writes poems, inspirational quotes and clips.

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