Reflections - Feb. 15, 2015

“If you wish you can make me clean.”  Mk. 1:40.
I invite you to reflect on the world in which this leper was living alienated by society.
The disease of leprosy had some religious and social prohibitions that prevented them from leading a normal life in addition to the physical deterioration of the body, face, hands, etc.  But the saddest thing were the prohibitions of the law banning them from approaching any human being and even less from approaching Jerusalem.  They could only go as far as Bethany.  The disease was regarded as a punishment for sin as the price that had to be paid to satisfy the debt contracted with God.  If one was cured from the illness it meant that his debt had been canceled.  Remember the example of the man born blind:  “who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?  Jesus answered, Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him.”  Jn. 9:2-3.
However, despite the tragedy that he is living, the leper does not sink into despair, but with faith and hope gets close to Jesus.  He felt compassion in the eyes of Jesus and without thinking he breaks the law and approaches the Lord on his knees and with a humble gesture tells him:  “If you wish you can make me clean”.  Jesus touches him and heals him but in that moment in the eyes of the scribes and Pharisees Jesus becomes impure, but not for the Lord, for which there is no sin or impurity for in the lives of human beings there is nothing that cannot be cured by love.
In the Gospel Jesus invites us to get closer to those that are alienated with compassion.  The question would be who are the alienated and the ones that suffer in our society?
Perhaps we cannot heal them but we can give words of comfort and encouragement to so many people that feel alone, abandoned, sad, and depressed.  Remember that in each person who suffers we find the face of Christ especially in so many aborted children.  Let us pray to the Lord in Communion to be more sensitive to the needs of the brothers and sisters in my family and in the community.