The leprosy left him, and he was cured.
A reading from the holy gospel according to Mark 1:40-45
A man with leprosy came to Jesus and kneeled down. He begged, “You have the power to make me well, if only you wanted to.”
Jesus felt sorry for the man. So he put his hand on him and said, “I want to! Now you are well.” At once the man’s leprosy disappeared, and he was well.
After Jesus strictly warned the man, he sent him on his way. He said, “Don’t tell anyone about this. Just go and show the priest that you are well. Then take a gift to the temple as Moses commanded, and everyone will know that you have been healed.”
The man talked about it so much and told so many people, that Jesus could no longer go openly into a town. He had to stay away from the towns, but people still came to him from everywhere.
The gospel of the Lord.