Mark 1:41
Mark 1:40-45

About seventy-five years ago, a big city newspaper tried to entice new subscribers to get on their list by offering a free accident insurance policy with each new subscription …

The free coverage lasted for a year and it paid a flat fifty dollars per accident. One day the newspaper carried a full page ad to stir up interest in the campaign.

The ad read, “Yesterday a new subscriber who had received one of our free insurance policies fell from a bus, broke his leg in two places, lost four teeth, dislocated his jaw, strained his back and sustained a head laceration that required eighteen stitches. For this he received an immediate payment of fifty dollars. Send in your subscription order today and tomorrow you may be the lucky one.”

Today’s Gospel Lesson is the story of a lucky leper who subscribed to the notion that a Man named Jesus could cure him of his dreadful disease, free of charge.

Mark tells us, “A…

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