Life sometimes is quite strange!
>> Often, when things go all well and it seems that everything is fine…disasters strike in life.
This is an experience of many of us in our lives.
Think of a man who is in his early thirties…
He has a wonderful wife, with two lovely children.
>> It’s a home with lot of joy and happiness…
One day, the man comes back home after work – he is a mason.
On coming back, he informs his wife of a tiny sore that has been nagging him for sometime
>> This sore had turned a bit reddish after the heavy days of work.
With much insistence and persuasion by the wife, the man agrees to show it to a doctor.
After the initial check up, the doctor tells them:
“Well, the sore certainly has grown a bit. I have some of my initial observations, but I need to work on them still.
>> Why don’t you stay up here in the hospital for a few days, so that I can further examine?”
And so they agree.
As days pass, the sore gets more infectious.
The doctor, now is ready with his well-studied and examined decision…” I am sorry to inform you…
… but you are infected with… Leprosy!!”
Hearing this, the man is terrified.
Leprosy, he knew, was not just an ordinary sickness.
>> It was a slow death sentence – distanced from family, distanced from society, distanced from self!
Imagine that situation of the happy living family!
The man is now to leave his wife and children; his land and work;
… He is to go and live with people who were afflicted with a similar disease.
>> This was the law of the land.
>> This was the regulation practised in this area.
The Law required the lepers to keep as far away from all healthy people as possible.
>> Whenever someone drew near who did not have leprosy, the leper was supposed to shout, “Unclean! Unclean!”
So, with a heavy heart and a crushed spirit, the man leaves his loving wife and two children.
>> He goes off alone… to rot!
>> He goes off alone… to die!
He couldn’t even have an animal for a companion.
>> If he touched even a dog, the dog had to be killed so that it did not carry the disease back into the city.
Life as a leper was just too horrible and miserable!
>> Life sometimes is indeed quite strange!
The Gospel of the Day presents one such leper…
… A man who was “full of leprosy” ( Lk 5:12)
One fine day, however, this leper looks up and sees a small group of people following a Man.
That man, the leader, he comes to know.. is Jesus.
The leper has heard about Jesus.
>> He would wish to hear Him.
But the Law did not permit to go close!
As the group passes their way, this leper man remembers what the Law taught Him..
>> And he begins to shout, “Unclean! Unclean! I have leprosy! Stay away from me! Unclean!”
But then a strange thing happens!!
Jesus keeps coming closer to him.
His shouts increases… louder goes his cries…”Unclean, Unclean!”
>> But Jesus keeps coming closer and closer… till He has reached the leper man!
The leper man has now been afflicted for many years.
He misses his family very deeply.
>> He knows he is at the edge of life… undergoing a slow death!
… Before him, now stands, Someone, who he has heard, has tremendous power!
… Before him, now stands, Someone, who he has heard, can unshackle any bondage!
And so, with tears filling his eyes and dread filling his shocked face, he asks, ” Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean!” (Lk 5:12)
>> It was a cry of agony.
>> It was a wail of immense anguish.
He had suffered much.
>> He had been separated from loved ones for long.
Now he wanted a deliverance.
>> He wanted freedom from the captivity.
>>> He wanted a wholesome life in his loathsome existence!
And then comes the spectacular words of Jesus: “I do Will. Be clean!” (Lk 5:13)
The Lord touches him!
>> His body was touched!
>> His heart was healed!
>> His soul was cleansed!
Life was restored! Happiness was returned!
Do you and me also feel sometimes like a leper?
>> Situations of happiness being snatched away?
>> Moments of love and affection being afflicted?
>> Times of joy, serenity and calmness being affected?
Unloved? Rejected? Despised? Abused? Helpless? Hopeless? Dying?
We may be going through hard times…
>> We may feel that life is unfair to us…
>> We may feel that existence is meaningless…
… The Lord wants to restore us!
… He wants to make us whole again!
>> Life is strange…
… but the Power of the Lord is more strong!
>> Life is complicated…
… but the Grace of the Lord is more compelling!
The Lord is here to touch us!
>> Lets stretch out to Him…
… our hands!
… our hearts!
… our lives!
God Bless! Live Jesus!
Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “During the night we must wait for the light.”