June 26, 2015

The good news for today

Jesus, against the Law, touched a leper who came to him: (One time) a leper approached Jesus, acknowledged Him, and spoke: “Lord, if you want, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “OK, I want to do it. Be made clean.”

Again—we read this not for a history or biblical story “out there,” but for what it inspires you and me to do—in terms of doing our heavenly Father’s will.

The obvious insight if that if someone in need comes to you for help—you give it. Whatever your or I can do, we do. No matter the Law. (The Law of Moses forbade touching a leper, and it is specific here that Jesus DID touch the leper.)

And when people come to you, it is not often a tidy, precise and friendly approach. Sometimes it is messy and complicated; sometimes horrifying and surprising; sometimes it is merely unpleasant and bothersome. So what?

When people come to you, your task as their brother or sister is to respond—and sometimes, as in cases of forgiveness, understanding and a need for clarification—it works! Sometimes, you can cleanse a leper from a childhood guilt or failure. Or heal a broken heart with a hug—a touch. Or reach out to someone you do not know, but in obvious pain—and offer a moment of presence, a word of comfort, an unexpected kindness—whatever is needed.

The Good News is that you have the Power—if “you want to.” You too can heal and help with a touch, going beyond your habit, beyond the culture around you, or beyond the expected indifference. You are Jesus walking in a sick and wounded world—and people do come to you. And then…! And then miracles happen.


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