Today's Gospel in Art - Feeling sorry for him, Jesus touched him


Christ Healing a Leper, by Rembrandt, 1650 © Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Christ Healing a Leper, by Rembrandt, 1650 © Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Gospel of 16th January 2020 - Mark 1:40-45


A leper came to Jesus and pleaded on his knees: 'If you want to' he said 'you can cure me.' Feeling sorry for him, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. 'Of course I want to!' he said. 'Be cured!' And the leprosy left him at once and he was cured. Jesus immediately sent him away and sternly ordered him, 'Mind you say nothing to anyone, but go and show yourself to the priest, and make the offering for your healing prescribed by Moses as evidence of your recovery.' The man went away, but then started talking about it freely and telling the story everywhere, so that Jesus could no longer go openly into any town, but had to stay outside in places where nobody lived. Even so, people from all around would come to him.


Reflection on the Drawing on Paper

One of the first few words we notice when reading today's Gospel is that 'Feeling sorry for him, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him'. Yes, Jesus was filled with compassion. Jesus wasn't just healing people out of a sense of obligation or to show that by healing then people would listen to what he had to say… No he wasn't all calculating about His ministry. Jesus had genuine compassion for people. He cared for people and their needs. When the leper approached Him, he was genuinely moved and upset at the situation. Jesus didn't hesitate for one second to heal. He says 'of course I want to heal you', upon which he touched the man.....

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Tags: Christian Art Today, Patrick van der Vors, Rembrandt

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