Christ-Healing copy - Bloch - December 2012In today’s Gospel from the Mass (Luke 5:12-16), there is an astounding account of one of the times that Jesus heals a Leper (warning, at the bottom of this post is an image of leprosy).  From the Gospel of Luke:

[12]  While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and besought him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.”  [13] And he stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him.  [14] And he charged him to tell no one; but “go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to the people.”   [15] But so much the more the report went abroad concerning him; and great multitudes gathered to hear and to be healed of their infirmities. [16] But he withdrew to the wilderness and prayed.

The actions of Jesus are absolutely astounding for a number of reasons:

In a recent post, the point was made that to draw closer to Jesus Christ, Man can read the scripture seeking to find evidence of Jesus’ Awesomeness and then looking for ways to put the words and deeds of Jesus in a 21st century context.  By doing so, Man becomes more and more awed by Jesus and grows in willingness to give himself more completely to Jesus.

One way to put things in perspective for a 21st century Man, is to find ways to “see” what Jesus is doing in the Gospels.  Here is image of what a leprosy looks like:

leprosy ulcer