Reflection for Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
13 Feb 2021

The disease most dreaded by the Jews of old was leprosy. It was an infectious plague which struck fear into its victims.  One of the more tragic issues that those infected with this dreaded disease had to face was that as a victim they were reduced to the status of a non-person, and they were separated from family and community. The prophet Isaiah used leprosy as a symbol of how diseased God’s people were when they were unfaithful to Him. The gospel shows us how Christ was moved to compassion when he met the leper. He was not afraid to reach out and touch this person. This is only one of many personal encounters between Jesus and those who were sick, where his compassion is so evident.  It says something profound about the healer, as a font of mercy, and gives us an insight into God’s caring approach to physical and spiritual sickness.  Spiritual leprosy is a reality in every age. It’s a sickness of the soul which cuts us off from God and is much more serious because it remains invisible and goes unnoticed for a much longer time. The really good news for all of us is that just as Jesus reached out to touch and cure the leper, he stretches out his healing hand to bind up the wounds of all our sins. While we might feel a pang of moral outrage at the treatment received by lepers in the time of Christ, yet, in our day, do we even feel any outrage at the atrocities happening in many parts of our world, or do we just change the channel we are watching, in order that our comfort zone not be upset?