The next morning Jesus awoke long before daybreak and went out alone into the wilderness to pray.
Later Simon and the others went out to find him.
They said, "Everyone is asking for you."
But he replied, "We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too, because that is why I came."
So he traveled throughout the region of Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and expelling demons from many people.
A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. "If you want to, you can make me well again," he said.
Moved with pity, Jesus touched him. "I want to," he said. "Be healed!"
Instantly the leprosy disappeared -- the man was healed.
Then Jesus sent him on his way and told him sternly,
"Go right over to the priest and let him examine you. Don't talk to anyone along the way. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy, so everyone will have proof of your healing."
But as the man went on his way, he spread the news, telling everyone what had happened to him. As a result, such crowds soon surrounded Jesus that he couldn't enter a town anywhere publicly. He had to stay out in the secluded places, and people from everywhere came to him there.