What is the leprosy of our time?
The answer is sin. All of the corruption in our lives stems from the presence of sin. When we turn away from the gospel and engage in sin we lose our way. So, how do we find our way back to the Lord? The answer is found in today’s gospel passage.
A leper came to him and kneeling down begged him and said,
“If you wish, you can make me clean.”
Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand,
touched the leper, and said to him,
“I do will it. Be made clean.”
The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.
Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once.
Then he said to him, “See that you tell no one anything,
but go, show yourself to the priest
and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed;
that will be proof for them.”
The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter.
He spread the report abroad
so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.
He remained outside in deserted places,
and people kept coming to him from everywhere.
Ask the Lord to make you strong and he will do it. Ask him to soften your heart and he will do it. Ask him to take away your sinfulness and he will do it.
He will heal you and you will be made clean.