February 15, 2015
(Sixth Sunday Ordinary Time B)
In the Old Testament time of Moses, the Law stated that someone with leprosy was to declare himself unclean and, “He shall dwell apart, making his abode outside the camp.” Lv 13:1-2, 44-46 There was no cure for such skin diseases and it was believed that the only protection from spreading the disease was isolation.
In today’s Gospel a leper approaches Jesus and asks, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” Mk 1:40-45 Jesus, seeing his faith, cures him of his disease, with one proviso – “See that you tell no one anything,” Well, like many a parent will attest – whenever you tell your kids not to do something, that is EXACTLY the very next thing they’ll do. And it was no different with this man. As we said yesterday, there are always consequences. And it’s IRONIC what happened next. The man went back to the community from his isolation exile and the Healer, Jesus – “remained outside in deserted places,“
Hmmmm, something wrong with this picture? Funny, it’s the same wrong that kills unborn fetuses. It’s the same wrong that enslaves young, helpless children. It’s the same wrong that kills hundreds of thousands for the sake of an unloving “god”. It’s the same wrong that promotes promiscuity, that glorifies cursing, that lies and cheats and robs its own citizens. No, beloved, I am by no means perfect – but the obvious is obvious. And when the Healer has to remain in deserted places while the diseased roams around free on the inside. I just don’t think many of us care to be on that “inside” any longer. But we also know, that that’s where His healing is needed most. So we love them anyway. And continue on our mission to heal and to teach all.
Jesus IS Lord!
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