Today at Mass, our associate pastor gave a very insightful homily regarding today's Gospel reading(Luke 17:11-19). He began by focusing on something which I often don't really think about: leprosy. Anyone who reads the Bible has at one time or another encountered a passage that deals with the subject of leprosy, but do we ever stop and think about what leprosy meant to someone in Jesus's time? Or even to someone of our time who lacks the necessary resources to be cured? Well, here's an idea for you:
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Leprosy is horrible, painful, slow, hideous, divisive, lonely, depressing, and so much more to the person afflicted with the disease without a hope for a cure.
Take a moment to think about that. Really. Think about it.
That is what sin does to our souls. It slowly eats away at the life within us. It cripples us. It isolates us from what is good. It leaves us alone and without hope. We are in pain. There is no escape.
Sin brings doubt, fear, distrust, anger, selfishness, loneliness, restlessness, despair, sickness, and suffering.
He lovingly and persistently offers a way to be healed. It is not an easy way. It is a way of sacrifice. A way of martyrdom. But it is a way of supreme joy and love. It is such a beautiful thing to be healed and alive! There is such a peace in knowing that you are no longer decaying from within. Thank you, Jesus!