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Lifelong Catechesis

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February 18, 2018
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Ordinary Time

For a large part of the liturgical year, we devote ourselves to listening to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects unfolded as we seek God's truth and understanding.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46

Those who are sick shall live outside the camp.

  • The Book of Leviticus is a collection laws; many having to do with the proper worship of God.
  • In today's reading we hear of illness and exclusion from communal life.
  • Because people did not know about the process of contagion at the time, the community banished persons with any skin disease as long as the disease lasted.

Reading II : 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1

Imitate me as I do Christ.

  • The passage from 1 Corinthians refers to a concern the early Christians had about eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols.
  • Paul makes the point that our behavior toward others is more important than what we eat or drink.
  • Paul's advice is to avoid offending one another at all costs.

Gospel : Mark 1:40-45

If you will do so, you can cure me.

  • The Gospel story shows that Jesus not only has the power to cure disease, he also has the power to heal the separation from the community and the separation from God, which leprosy signified.
  • Jesus' approach to the leper would have scandalized the people of his time.
  • By touching the leper, Jesus demonstrated the arrival of the kingdom of God.