”Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, ‘I do choose. Be made clean.’”
When we think of a leper, we think mostly of their physical condition. But probably the most painful part of leprosy is not the physical damage. Rather it is the emotional and spiritual wound that they carry by virtue of the total rejection by, and isolation from society.
For most of us, our most painful wounds are the wounds of our spirit. And of these spiritual wounds, the one that often causes us the most pain is the belief that we are insignificant.
In this Gospel story, we hear in Jesus’ words to the leper His desire to heal this wound of rejection and insignificance that we carry with us from our past.
It is my prayer that no matter what spiritual wounds we suffer from, we can tell Jesus about them, so that we too can recieve our healing.
Dear God, in many ways I have been hurt by what people have said or done to me. I’m grateful for Your mercy and compassion towards those who suffer. Look upon me also with mercy and choose to heal me. Amen.