Now there was a man full of leprosy in one of the towns where he was; and when he saw Jesus, he fell prostrate, pleaded with him, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do will it. Be made clean.” And the leprosy left him immediately.
Notice how Jesus was always trying to restore wholeness. Jesus did not shy away from the man who was considered “unclean” in the eyes of not only the society but also the religious leaders. The man with leprosy had been totally excluded. Notice how Jesus did not seem concerned at all about the man’s religious beliefs. All we know is that the man demonstrated total faith that Jesus could heal him. And with no test of his beliefs…no assurances from the man that he would follow any set of doctrines in the future…Jesus healed him. Jesus demonstrated what St. Paul would later write: “As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. If [one] part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy” (1 Corinthians 12:12, 26). The true reality is that we are all one. If you are not accepting this…you are living in a delusion. Where and how do you feel excluded? Where and how do you feel rejected by others? Jesus wants to be with you in that place…to let you know you are loved and that you do belong in the kingdom of God! You are a beloved daughter or son of God! Who are the ones excluded in today’s world? Who will let them know that they are loved and that they do belong…if not you?
Listen to the song of the day “All Are Welcome” by clicking HERE.
Sample and/or purchase my songs by clicking HERE.
Remember…God loves you!