Gospel – 6/26/20 – Matthew 8:1-4
When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him.
And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said,
“Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”
He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said,
“I will do it. Be made clean.”
His leprosy was cleansed immediately.
Then Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one,
but go show yourself to the priest,
and offer the gift that Moses prescribed;
that will be proof for them.”
How much courage must this leper have had? Or, was it sheer desperation?
We don’t know how long he was a leper nor how old he was. What we do know is he lived a life of invisibility, cut off from all he knew. His family would have considered him dead – unable to see or talk to him.
He must have been very desperate to approach Jesus in such a public way.
But notice Jesus’ compassion for him. Ignoring the huge crowd he concentrates on this lonely, isolated man.
Jesus normally healed by a touch. Imagine the joy of that touch to the man who had not felt a human touch for a prolonged time.
We should try to be more like Jesus. See the person – not the disease.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…