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February 11, 2024
Fr. Albert Pellazar, OAR
February 11, 2024, 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.” The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean. Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once.
He said to him, “See that you tell no one anything, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.”
The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter. He spread the report abroad so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly. He remained outside in deserted places, and people kept coming to him from everywhere.
Embracing Compassion: Healing Touch in the Gospel
As we gather on this sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, our Gospel presents to us with a powerful narrative that speaks to the transformative power of compassion and the healing touch of Christ.
In this passage, we encounter a man afflicted with leprosy, a disease that not only ravaged the body but also carried with it social stigma and isolation. Lepers were considered unclean and were often cast out from society, forced to live on the fringes, away from their families and communities.
Yet, despite the prevailing fear and prejudice of the time, this leper approaches Jesus with a desperate plea: “If you wish, you can make me clean.” In this simple statement lies a profound act of faith — a recognition of Jesus’ authority and power to heal.
Moved with compassion, Jesus does the unthinkable. He stretches out his hand and touches the leper, defying societal norms and demonstrating a radical solidarity with the marginalized and outcast. In that moment of physical contact, the leper is cleansed, restored to wholeness, and reintegrated into community.
This encounter challenges us to reflect on our own attitudes towards those who are marginalized and ostracized in our society. How often do we, like the crowds in Jesus’ time, recoil from those who are different or afflicted with illness? Do we allow fear and prejudice to dictate our interactions, or do we respond with compassion and empathy?
The healing touch of Jesus reminds us of the power of human connection and the importance of reaching out to those in need, regardless of their circumstances. It challenges us to break down the barriers that divide us and to extend a hand of solidarity and support to those who are suffering.
As we navigate our own journey of faith, may we heed the call to embrace compassion in our interactions with others. May we follow the example of Jesus, who saw beyond the surface and reached out with love and healing to those who were marginalized and forgotten.
In doing so, may we become instruments of God’s mercy and grace, bringing healing and wholeness to a world in need of hope and redemption. Amen.