Capsule for the Day
Being a leper in the time of Christ was the worst experience one could have. It meant one was rejected by his or her family, by the community, by the priest, which suggested one was also rejected by God. A leper had to live outside. A leper didn’t belong. He or she had no rights, no dignity.
There were many lepers in the time of Christ. But not many had the courage to come to Christ; to tell their story from the heart. The majority resigned to their fate. "If God has rejected me", they reasoned, "I have no business with Him". This reasoning limited them. It stole the courage to be more.
But the leper in Mark 1:40-45 had the courage to see more than his rejection, to hope for healing. Thus, he rose above his rejection. He pushed the boundary. A leper coming to Christ, a Jew? Unheard of! But he had pushed the boundary to be more. What can we learn from the leper?
Fr. Francis Afu