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Friday June 25th: A new lease on life

Jesus was life to this leper since he restored everything he had lost

Matthew 8: 1 – 4.

When the leper asked for healing, Jesus did not hesitate. He touched him and healed him. Leprosy, in the time of Jesus, was like the Covid Pandemic of our time. A leper was isolated from family, friends and society. A leper could not touch another without ritually defiling them. For this leper to bow before Jesus and ask for healing was a defiant act. Despite that Jesus did not hesitate to touch him.

There are many instances and situations when we must put human need and a humane response before some rules. This was one such occasion. Love must prevail when needed.

Leprosy is death physically, relationally, emotionally and spiritually. Jesus was life to this leper since he restored everything he had lost. By healing him, Jesus made this leper ritually clean, and he also made it possible for him to reunite with family, friends and his society. Jesus literally gave him back his life. Jesus always wants to give us life

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