Jesus changed everything. In Sunday’s readings, the Old Testament describes what a leper must do – be declared unclean by a priest, live apart from others, and, if encountering others, cry out, “Unclean, unclean!”
Not so with Jesus. He takes pity on the leper. He touches the leper and heals him. Jesus then is the one who dwells in deserted places, apart from others.
One encounter illustrates what Jesus is willing to do for us. What will we do for Him and others?
Beautiful reflection, very inspiring!
I thank God every day for the miracles He has performed in my life and for the faith He has given me!
JESUS always sees the dignity, worth, value of another child of God, doesn't he?
"JESUS, I want to see as you see; I want to hear as you hear. I want to touch others with healing, as you touch others with healing. Creator God, Holy Spirit ~ give me the eyes of JESUS; give me the ears of JESUS; grant me the healing, serving hands of JESUS. Amen."
Yet today when I move in a new circle of persons intent on reducing human trafficking in this area will we have the tender touch that is shown in this photo? Will we overcome any reluctance to kiss the leper as did St. Francis in his day?