Easter is a moveable holiday, so some years we have a longer green season after Christmas and sometimes a shorter one. This year, we a have a shorter one a miss some great readings from Mark’s Gospel, including Mark 1.40-45:
A leper came to him 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.
Jesus’ motivation is normally translated as pity, highlighted above. But other ancient editions of
Mark’s Gospel record that Jesus was moved with anger, not pity. Something about that grabs the
imagination, that God in Jesus is angry at the brokenness of the world, and that anger moves to
divine action! May God’s pity and anger continue to inspire us to be about God’s kingdom in our