Saturday, February 14, 2009

Tomorrow's Gospel - Mark 1:40-45 - The durn behavior of Ex-Lepers! (in Mark, & Monty Python)

Lots to ponder in this passage....

Saturday night exegesis - not ideal - but better than Sunday Morning, I guess...

Meaning of leprosy...

Jesus "choosing" to heal the leper...

Jesus "sternly warning" the leper....

Messianic Secret...

The Disobedient Ex-Leper....

The Ex-Leper disobeys Jesus' command that he go to the priest, and disobeys Jesus' command to "say nothing to anyone"...

The Ex-Leper becomes an evangelist, of sorts...


Mark 1:40-45 40 A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, "If you choose, you can make me clean." 41 Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, "I do choose. Be made clean!" 42 Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 43 After sternly warning him he sent him away at once, 44 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." 45 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.



It makes me wonder whether, somehow, that Monty Python just *might* have captured a part of the spirit of this passage in this dialogue between Brian and the "Ex-Leper"

1 comment:

FranIAm said...

*snort* - ex leper indeed!

I always have to remind myself to read Mark with that "they thought Jesus would be right back" notion in place. I don't always remember to do so!