“Anyone with such a defiling disease must wear torn clothes, let their hair be unkempt, cover the lower part of their face and cry out, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’"
Our new normal is not at all normal. We stand 6 feet apart and look suspiciously at anyone with a cough or a sniffle as we back slowly away.
Like the lepers, we are unclean to ourselves, to each other.
We are unable to seek solace and comfort in physical touch. We cannot embrace. We cannot shake hands. We cannot even share a smile. How, then, can a world of lepers thrive or survive?
Simple, but not easy: we look to Someone who can heal our brokenness.
It has happened before, you know.
Cry out. Beg. Fall on your knees. Know that we can be healed, we can be made whole.
Don't give up until our world is cleansed and we can, once again, embrace.
A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus... reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.