Luke 5:12–16 (ESV)
Jesus Cleanses a Leper
While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 13 And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will;
be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him. 16 But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.
We don’t seem to hear much about leprosy any more. It is called Hansen’s Disease
and here in Louisiana, we had an operating Leprosy colony in Carville, LA, which closed in 1999. A museum operates at the site and there are still some elderly residents living there. Hansen’s Disease is spread through Armadillos. We
lost a church member to this disease last year and she was an avid outdoors lady who like hunting. The doctor asked if she had ever been around armadillos and she said she hunted them and ate them. That’s when we found out where she got it
from and I too have hunted them, caught some by hand, and have skinned and cooked armadillos. Well, we'll see what happens. I caught one and gave it to my friend back in the 1970's and it lived in his back yard for several years.
In today’s reading, Jesus was in a city when he came across a man full of leprosy. The man fell down and begged, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” This man, I can feel is pain... he
has been humbled and feels worthless and is almost asking (as if not to be a bother), “Lord, if you will.” Well... Jesus did care and he reached out his hand and touched him and healed him. There are times in our life
when we feel worthless. Where life is beating you down and it would be nice just to have Jesus look at you, much less touch you and make your troubles go away. Jesus does care. Jesus replies “I will; be clean.”
A simple act of love and compassion. Everybody else would have walked around the man at a distance. Oh, the love of Jesus.
I pray: O Lord, help me to not walk around people when they
are in need, but allow me to touch them with the love of God. I don’t have money to give them, but I can share some compassion and a smile. Help me to share Jesus. Amen!