- 5 months ago
September 17, 2017
In the Name of the Father and of the X Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The worst thing about being a leper isn’t the disease itself. It isn’t that flesh develops boils and scabs, that it turns the skin and hair white or yellow, that swollen flesh becomes raw, that the pain radiates below the skin. To be sure, it’s a horrible disease.
But the worst thing about being a leper is that you are an outcast, removed from the life you had with family, friends, occupation, and worship. Leprosy is highly contagious and the community doesn’t want what you have. God’s Old Testament law, made lepers outcasts to protect the rest of the community. According to the law of Moses, if a priest determined that a man was a leper, his duty was to pronounce him officially unclean, his clothes and possessions shall be burned, all his days, he shall be unclean, and he shall dwell alone; his dwelling shall be outside the camp” (Lev. 13:45-47). It’s bad enough to