I was struck by both the First Reading from the Letter to the Hebrews and by Mark's Gospel when a leper comes to Jesus and kneeling down says, "If you wish, you can make me clean." Jesus was moved with compassion and immediately stretched out his hand, touched the leper and said, "I do will it. Be made clean." And the leprosy left him and he was made clean.
We all need Jesus and need to ask for the gift of compassion. The Letter to the Hebrews tells us:
"Oh that today you would hear his voice. Harden not your hearts..." Then we are told to take care of our brothers and sister, that none of you may have an evil and unfaithful heart, so as to forsake the living God. Encourage yourselves daily while it is sill 'today'. so that none of you grow hardened by the deceit of sin. We have become partners of Christ if only we hold the beginning of the reality firm until the end."