Jesus heals a Man with Leprosy
BIBLE REFERENCE : Mt 8:1-4, Mk 1:40-45, Lk 5:12-14

Leprosy was a disease that was uncurable until modern times.
However the term was often used for a number of symptoms
which do not measure up to its modern definition.
It was also seen as a divine curse.
A leper was unclean, untouchable!

Yet the story is of Jesus both touching and healing a leper.
Now it maybe that Jesus saw that this was not true leprosy.
Maybe he saw merely a leprous-like condition, but
that seems as far-fetched as actual healing.

It seems much more likely that this is told as a parable,
a story framed to present a message or messages,
unless a supernatural intervention is accepted
with all the difficulties which that implies.

Here then we see that the word of Jesus
changes even those outside everyday normal society.
The charisma and the message touch those on the margins.
Even the outcasts can join his growing movement.
The tales of salvation are all embracing.

We are also shown that The Law does not apply to Jesus.
He breaks it, defiantly, as he touches the leper,
denying the cleanliness laws of the land,
challenging the authorities.

But he also affirms the position of the priests,
passing the ex-leper on to them for reclassification;
maybe also challenging them to rethink their role,
or making sure that his message reaches them.

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