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Proper 2
2 Kings 5.1–14
1 Corinthians 9.24–27
Mark 1.40–45

Naaman’s wife’s maid knew more about Elisha’s healing powers than the king of Israel. All the king could do was tear his clothes and rage against his Syrian counterpart, suspecting that a request for healing was a disguised excuse for renewed hostility in their already long-running, and still continuing, border disputes. In such a setting, a concession or a friendly request or gesture is instantly regarded with suspicion. As we know, three thousand years of tussling over territory is not easily forgotten...

Taken from Twelve Months of Sundays Year B by N T Wright


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