First Reading: 2 Kings 5:14-17

A reading from the second book of Kings.

Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times at the word of Elisha, the prophet of God.  Naaman’s flesh became again like the flesh of a little child, and was made clean of leprosy.

Naaman returned with a whole retinue to the prophet of God.  On arrival, Naaman stood before Elisha and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel.  Please accept a gift from your servant.” “As God lives whom I serve, I will not take it,” Elisha replied; and despite Naaman’s urging, Elisha still refused.  Naaman said: “If you will not accept, please let me, your servant, have two mule-loads of earth, for I will no longer offer holocaust or sacrifice to any other god except Yahweh.”

The Word of God recorded in the second book of Kings.