1st reading: Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46

2nd reading: 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1

Gospel: Mark 1:40-45

In today's Gospel we hear of the healing of a leper by Jesus. But the leper did not follow the instructions of Jesus. He was told not to tell the miracle to anyone, but he went away and began to publicize the whole matter. If God tells us something, we must listen, follow, obey and carry out His instructions.

When God orders us to do something, we must listen. Many of us half-listen or do not listen at all. Why? Because we listen to ourselves or to the world around us. God speaks to us every day in ordinary ways. In the Bible, He speaks to us in a special way. If we want to listen to God, we must tone down the volume of our own headsets and the noise of the world around us. Only with a listening ear, and a prayerful heart can we truly listen and discern.

Someone said that we are living in "less" times. And so it is that our gadgets are wire-less, our doors are key-less, our youth are job-less, our leaders are shame-less, our relationships are meaning-less, our attitudes are care-less, our values are heart-less. The only way to reverse the situation is to go back to God's heart and really listen, follow and obey His instructions, and there meet Him, and meet each other as brothers and sisters again.

Lord, help me to really listen, follow, obey and carry out your instructions with a heart.

​Fr. Dante


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