Scripture Reflections for the Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Year B, Lectionary 77

We must imitate both the man with leprosy and Jesus. The man with his humility and faith in bringing his problem to God and Jesus in hearing the man, touching him, and helping him be included back into the community. We are called to be inclusive, breaking down barriers, by being compassionate to others' struggles and working to have everyone enter into communion with God.

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Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46
Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11
1 Corinthians 10:31-33; 11:1

“I think this is actually a great chapter that helps remind us that yes, Paul is the apostle, yes Paul is arguably the greatest theologian in the history of the church but ultimately too Paul is a pastor...he's trying to shepherd this church through its pastoral practical problems, issues, controversies and moral decisions”

Catholic Productions | "You Cannot Drink the Cup of Demons" | Brant Pitre | February 10, 2021
Mark 1:40-45

“We are desired in love and given opportunities in the messiness of our humanity to love in return”

Catholic Women Preach | Olivia Catherine Hastie | February 11, 2024

“This is how Jesus saves us. Not from afar but coming up close to us, being with us in our pain and suffering.”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | "Why would Jesus Stretch?" | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | February 11, 2024

“See, God doesn't hate us no matter how off the chain we are, how crazy we get, how hateful we hate, how hurtful we are, the wars that we create of our own jealously and greediness. God does not hate those who God has created.”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | February 11, 2024

“Will you let Jesus come near you and touch you, heal you in your most, your most painful wounds? Become one with you in your chaos and make you clean again?”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | "I DO WILL IT!" | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | February 14, 2021

“I'm just wondering, Church, this morning would you break a law in order to see Jesus? Would you go across a social custom or something in order to go to the source of your healing and your strength?”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | February 14, 2021
Overall Readings

“Jesus is not defiled. He does not “catch” impurity by touching the man. On the contrary, the man “catches” healing and wholeness from Jesus.”

"I want to. Be healed" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant | February 4, 2024

“A Christian who derives pleasure from making sure that people are not together is not worthy of the name 'Christian.' For Jesus came that God and human beings may be one and that human beings and human beings may be one.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | February 5, 2024

“The invitation before us today is to recognize our need and to open ourselves to God...And when we allow this to happen something changes within us. We begin to open our eyes to see and hear those others who feel separated and in doing so we take on the mind of Christ.”

Catholic Women Preach | Maria Anne McGuire | February 14, 2021

“How do we choose to be restored and made clean? How do we, how do we beg for that and then at the same time fail to recognize that we're called to promote, to be imitators of Christ, to promote that same kind of healing?”

Catholic Women Preach | Elsie Miranda | February 11, 2018

“Jesus took the lonely road of giving up his life for us, he became alone, abandoned and isolated on Golgotha and he took that path to show us grace, provide healing, and give us eternal life”

U.S. Catholic magazine | Grace Ji-Sun Kim | February 5, 2024

“Worry, addiction, all sorts of 'isms.' These things are leprosy and sometimes they keep us and others away from God, from the community and from ourselves.”

UACatholic | Fr. John Paul Forté, OP | February 14, 2021

“Have you presented yourself before the God who is healing, the God who is feeding, the God who is loving, the God who is our all in all so that he can touch you and make you whole?”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | February 11, 2024

“No matter how dark it is outside the room when there is light in the room and you open the window or the door, darkness will not come into the room. Rather, light will stream out of the room and overcome the darkness outside the room.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | February 1, 2021

“It seems like anybody suffering from something like that gentlemen, they should all be there at the feet of Jesus begging but sometimes we get comfortable in our afflictions...We're made for more than that, we're made for better than that”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | February 14, 2021

“So the reason Jesus tells this man to do this is so that he can formally be reintegrated into the temple and in the community by virtue of the witness of the official priest in the temple who would examine him. So that's why Jesus says 'offer what Moses commanded as a proof to the people.'”

Catholic Productions | "Jesus and the Leper" | Brant Pitre | February 8, 2021