12 Once, when he was in one of the cities, there was a man covered with leprosy.* When he saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground and begged him, Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean. 13Then Jesus* stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, I do choose. Be made clean. Immediately the leprosy* left him. 14And he ordered him to tell no one. Go, he said, and show yourself to the priest, and, as Moses commanded, make an offering for your cleansing, for a testimony to them. 15But now more than ever the word about Jesus* spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. 16But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray.
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10 February 2011