Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He got up, went out, and made His way to a deserted place. And He was praying there.
Simon and his companions went searching for Him.
They found Him and said, "Everyone's looking for You!"
And He said to them, "Let's go on to the neighboring villages so that I may preach there too. This is why I have come."
So He went into all of Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
Then a man with a serious skin disease came to Him and, on his knees, begged Him: "If You are willing, You can make me clean."
Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out His hand and touched him. "I am willing," He told him. "Be made clean."
Immediately the disease left him, and he was healed.
Then He sternly warned him and sent him away at once,
telling him, "See that you say nothing to anyone; but go and show yourself to the priest, and offer what Moses prescribed for your cleansing, as a testimony to them."
Yet he went out and began to proclaim it widely and to spread the news, with the result that Jesus could no longer enter a town openly. But He was out in deserted places, and they would come to Him from everywhere.