First Reading: 1 John 5:5-13
5: Who is it that overcomes the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
6: This is he who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood.
7: And the Spirit is the witness, because the Spirit is the truth.
8: There are three witnesses, the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree.
9: If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has borne witness to his Son.
10: He who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. He who does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne to his Son.
11: And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12: He who has the Son has life; he who has not the Son of God has not life.
13: I write this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.
Psalm: Psalms 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem: praise thy God, O Sion.
13 Because he hath strengthened the bolts of thy gates, he hath blessed thy children within thee.
14 Who hath placed peace in thy borders: and filleth thee with the fat of corn.
15 Who sendeth forth his speech to the earth: his word runneth swiftly.
19 Who declareth his word to Jacob: his justices and his judgments to Israel.
20 He hath not done in like manner to every nation: and his judgments he hath not made manifest to them. Alleluia.
Gospel: Luke 5:12-16
12: While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and besought him, "Lord, if you will, you can make me clean."
13: And he stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, "I will; be clean." And immediately the leprosy left him.
14: And he charged him to tell no one; but "go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to the people."
15: But so much the more the report went abroad concerning him; and great multitudes gathered to hear and to be healed of their infirmities.
16: But he withdrew to the wilderness and prayed.