The humid breeze of Galilean air blowing from the lake causes droplets of sweat to roll down over Jesusí brow as he was walking along with his disciples towards the synagogue where he could preach. The sun was quite scorching and the dust on the road seemed to be like fog forming above the ground as travellers and locals hurry on their way toward different directions. From a distance, fishermen are seen busily fixing and checking on their fishing vessels, getting ready for the night.
It was a normal day in the town until all of a sudden Jesus heard mumblings and the sound of running steps from behind him. Heavy gasping is added to the sound of those enthusiastic steps as it gets closer. Jesus turned around and saw a man running towards him, determined, with eyes fixed on him. As the man gets closer, Jesus noticed that something is wrong with his skin and eventually realized that he has leprosy. Jesus stopped and waited for the leper. His disciples also stopped, waited on Jesus, clueless of what their Master has in mind.
The crowd sneered in disgust and mumblings get thicker as the leper pass by them but he didnít care. All he has in mind is that it is finally the day heís been waiting for. He spent so many days of his life in isolation, away from his family and friends, deprived of the normal life, treated almost like a non-existing person. His heart was pounding, filled with hope and excitement as he runs as fast as he can towards Jesus. The leper fell on his knees, face on the ground, at the feet of Jesus, as soon as he got to him. Big drops of tears showered the dry and dusty ground as the leper uttered the words, ďIf you are willing, you can make me clean.Ē
Everybody near the perimeter witnessing the spectacle was silent, waiting eagerly upon what is going to take place. Their eyes were fastened on Jesus and the leper. Then Jesus reached out his hand and touched the leper. The crowd gasped as they saw what Jesus did. They canít believe he just touched that unclean being! That reckless gesture just made him also unclean. With heart torn at the leperís plea, Jesus compassionately answered, ďI am willing. Be clean!Ē Immediately, the leperís skin was made as new.
We are all lepers. Those infection and boils that sin brought on us made us lepers. Jewish culture isolates lepers from the community until they are cured. They are kept away from their family and friends. They are kept away from life. The priests are the ones who take care of them until they get well and be pronounced clean again. In the same way, we as lepers were once isolated from God. But Jesus Christ acted as our Priest who made us clean again and brought us back to life through his blood.
Would you like to be cleansed? Heís more than willing to help you!