Commentary on the Gospel of

Fr. Johnson Joseph Thurackal CMF, NOVICE MASTER

Wretched would be a term to explain the state of a leper: ostracized, helpless and hopeless. Anybody who touched him would remain unclean! This is why the lepers had to remain far away (Lev 13:45- 46). But that leper had great courage. He needed someone more than human to restore him back to his humanity and dignity. He transgressed the norms of religion in order to be able to enter into contact with Jesus. The faith of this leper is Jesus is striking. Jesus’s gracious response ‘I do want to do it’ is his way of treating any one in need. Jesus did the unthinkable by touching him. He came close to the sick person in his loneliness and exclusion.

Jesus threw off the norms of his times to restore a person to dignity. Jesus’ compassion knows no barriers. As Jesus reached out to the leper, God in Jesus has reached out to all who are enslaved to evil. In all these events Jesus revealed is who he is what is true face of our God. Sin makes the soul wretched. Only Christ’s healing touch can miraculously take away our sins and restore us to the joy of living. We need to turn to Jesus, accept our inability to heal ourselves and seek divine help.

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