Very early the next morning, long before daylight, Jesus got up and left the house. He went out of town to a lonely place, where he prayed.
But Simon and his companions went out searching for him,
and when they found him, they said, "Everyone is looking for you."
But Jesus answered, "We must go on to the other villages around here. I have to preach in them also, because that is why I came."
So he traveled all over Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and driving out demons. 1
A man suffering from a dreaded skin disease came to Jesus, knelt down, and begged him for help. "If you want to," he said, "you can make me clean."
Jesus was filled with pity, and reached out and touched him. "I do want to," he answered. "Be clean!"
At once the disease left the man, and he was clean.
Then Jesus spoke sternly to him and sent him away at once,
after saying to him, "Listen, don't tell anyone about this. But go straight to the priest and let him examine you; then in order to prove to everyone that you are cured, offer the sacrifice that Moses ordered." 2
But the man went away and began to spread the news everywhere. Indeed, he talked so much that Jesus could not go into a town publicly. Instead, he stayed out in lonely places, and people came to him from everywhere.