Believe and Make Others Believe
Hebrews 3:7-14; Psalm 95:6-11; Mark 1:40-45
Leprosy was an incurable disease prevalent during the biblical times. Aside from the fact that leprosy is contagious, there was a belief that people who were afflicted with leprosy were unclean people. This is why lepers lived lives in seclusion and were barred from entering populated places. They were singled out.
Jesus made a leper so happy after healing him of his leprosy, he was overjoyed with his new-found sense of freedom where he could now go anywhere he wished to go without being restricted, and he could interact with anybody around him, even in highly populated places. No more did he feel lonely and depressed. He could not contain this joy of being freed from his suffering that he went around sharing what Jesus had done for him.
Nowadays, we have a lot of lepers as well. Outcasts in the society, such as ex-convicts, people afflicted with HIV, the uneducated, the beggars, the timid people who lack confidence in themselves, these are just some examples of present-day lepers, untouchables, people who are avoided and neglected by society.
Just as Jesus has healed so many lepers in His lifetime, are we compassionate with these unfortunate people? Do we reach out to them and make them feel comforted, accepted and loved? How do we alleviate the sufferings of our marginalized neighbors?
Looking at the side of the leper who was healed, he was filled with gratitude that he felt he had to proclaim God’s goodness to him. Similarly, do we share God’s goodness with others when we are blessed in our lives? Have we ever thanked the Lord for the many blessings that we receive?
When we pray for God to help and bless us, do we pray for ourselves alone, or do we pray for others as well?