The crowded desert

St. Anthony of the desert, based on Mark 1:40-45

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.

Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

2 thoughts on “The crowded desert

    can you pray in the desert…
    thirst a torment … heat a
    sweat…beading and rolling…
    kneel…where…rocks & thorns
    …oh…how God hears the prayer
    of the desert man…you can
    pray in the desert…clouds
    form…dropping their cool
    shade…down the canyon they
    thicken…and bridge the mesas
    …with hues of violet and
    purple…and drop the rains
    of grace…thanks…amen…
    tomorrow…wildflowers will
    grow where you knelt today …

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