Memorial of Saint Anthony, abbot
And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down said to him: If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus having compassion on him, stretched forth his hand; and touching him, saith to him: I will. Be thou made clean. And when he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was made clean. And he strictly charged him, and forthwith sent him away. And he saith to him: See thou tell no one; but go, shew thyself to the high priest, and offer for thy cleansing the things that Moses commanded, for a testimony to them. But he being gone out, began to publish and to blaze abroad the word: so that he could not openly go into the city, but was without in desert places: and they flocked to him from all sides.
Mark 1:40-45 (Douay-Rheims Bible)
Dear Father news of your Son spread by quite fast after he healed a man of his leprosy. It made it difficult for him to go into the cities. We experience this too but in a different way, how difficult it is to get into a city when there is much traffic going to a function. Unfortunately those functions don't have your Son as the main star. Jesus touches us in many and different ways, yet we don't show up to worship Him. Our places of worship have dwindled and the main focus of it patiently waits often in a deserted building or a barren heart for us to come to him. Do we wonder how many he has touched and kept quiet. But did they go show themselves to their Priest as this gospel mentions. Maybe not. Jesus in his beautiful way didn't want too much focus on himself too soon, because he knew more than we did how we often react. Maybe we can be more open of Jesus love for us and witness the healing he does in our lives so others may know that He saves and heals but most of all loves us.