February 11, 2018 - Sunday
In the time of Jesus, those infected with leprosy were somehow cut off from their community because they were considered unclean. Even so, the leper in our gospel today did not stay where he is. He asked Jesus to heal him if He wanted too. And without hesistation, Jesus touched Him and he was cured!
Too often, when we feel unclean because of our sins, we are ashamed to go to Jesus. But the leper reminds us that it is the time that we are more in need of Him. We can always come to Jesus in confession because He is more than willing to pour His mercy on us, more than willing to touch and embrace what we do not like in ourselves.
Today, we are not only invited to look up to the leper's courage when coming to Jesus even when he feels unclean. More so,we are called to be like Jesus who is always willing to reach out, touch, and embrace people . . . even those who seem hard to love for us.