SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
Almighty and everliving God,
whose Son Jesus Christ healed the sick
and restored them to wholeness of life,
look with compassion on the anguish of the world,
and by your power make whole all peoples and nations;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE SECOND BOOK OF KINGS
Naaman, commander of
the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favour
with his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram.
The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy. Now the
Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from
the land of Israel, and she served Naaman's wife. She said to her
mistress, "If only my lord were with the prophet who is in
Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy." So Naaman went in
and told his lord just what the girl from the land of Israel had
said. And the king of Aram said, "Go then, and I will send
along a letter to the king of Israel." He went, taking with
him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten
sets of garments. He brought the letter to the king of Israel,
which read, "When this letter reaches you, know that I have
sent to you my servant Naaman, that you may cure him of his
leprosy." When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore
his clothes and said, "Am I God, to give death or life, that
this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Just look
and see how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me." But when
Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his
clothes, he sent a message to the king, "Why have you torn
your clothes? Let him come to me, that he may learn that there is
a prophet in Israel." So Naaman came with his horses and
chariots, and halted at the entrance of Elisha's house. Elisha
sent a messenger to him, saying, "Go, wash in the Jordan
seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be
clean." But Naaman became angry and went away, saying,
"I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand
and call on the name of the Lord his God, and would wave his hand
over the spot, and cure the leprosy! Are not Abana and Pharpar,
the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel?
Could I not wash in them, and be clean?" He turned and went
away in a rage. But his servants approached and said to him,
"Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something
difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he
said to you was, 'Wash, and be clean'?" So he went down and
immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word
of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a
young boy, and he was clean.
2 KINGS 5:1-14
REFRAIN You have
brought me up, O Lord, from the dead.
will exalt you, O Lord, because you have lifted me up and have not
let my enemies triumph over me.
Lord my God, I cried out to you, and you restored me to health.
brought me up, O Lord, from the dead; you restored my life as I
was going down to the grave. R
to the Lord, you servants of his; give thanks for the remembrance
of his holiness.
his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye, his favour for a
may spend the night, but joy comes in the morning. R
I felt secure, I said, "I shall never be disturbed. You,
Lord, with your favour, made me as strong as the mountains."
you hid your face, and I was filled with fear. R
cried to you, O Lord; I pleaded with the Lord, saying,
profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the Pit? will the
dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?
O Lord, and have mercy upon me; O Lord, be my helper." R
have turned my wailing into dancing; you have put off my
sack-cloth and clothed me with joy.
my heart sings to you without ceasing; O Lord my God, I will give
you thanks for ever. R
READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS
Do you not know that in
a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize?
Run in such a way that you may win it. Athletes exercise
self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable
wreath, but we an imperishable one. So I do not run aimlessly, nor
do I box as though beating the air; but I punish my body and
enslave it, so that after proclaiming to others I myself should
not be disqualified.
1 CORINTHIANS 9:24-27
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO MARK
A leper came to Jesus
begging him, and kneeling he said to him, "If you choose, you
can make me clean." Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his
hand and touched him, and said to him, "I do choose. Be made
clean!" Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made
clean. After sternly warning him he sent him away at once, saying
to him, "See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show
yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses
commanded, as a testimony to them." But he went out and began
to proclaim it freely, and to spread the word, so that Jesus could
no longer go into a town openly, but stayed out in the country;
and people came to him from every quarter.
OVER THE GIFTS
you are the strength of the weak
and the comfort of sufferers,
receive all we offer you this day;
turn our sickness into health
and our sorrow into joy.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
God of tender care,
in this eucharist we celebrate your love
for us and for all people.
May we show your love in our lives
and know its fulfilment in your presence.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.