In today's Gospel from Mark, a leper approaches Jesus and asks to be made clean.
Jesus, as we know, agrees and cleanses the poor man.
At that point, Jesus and the leper pull the old switcheroo. The leper, who previously could not be part of his community because of his disease, was now free to rejoin society. Jesus, on the other hand, who previously went from town to town, now had to remain in deserted areas because of His popularity.
Why is Jesus so popular? Because despite telling the leper to "tell no one anything", the now-clean man cannot contain himself. He preaches about Christ so well, that Jesus could not enter towns anymore. And people still sought Him and found Him where He stayed.
But in another reversal, Jesus tells you, and me, the exact opposite. He asks us to spread His word to everyone. The question is ... have we had the same effect that the leper had?
Or is it another switcheroo?
God Bless you.