Willing to Touch

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He didn’t really expect it. He asked, but still wondered if it would happen. On his knees he begged Jesus, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” It was a risk for sure. The man on his knees was “the untouchable.” Leaders of the church said he was…unclean. I suspect the Pharisees whispered among themselves, “What kind of person touches someone who is unclean? Doesn’t he know it is not right to go near the leper, let alone touch him?” That was so many years ago. Leprosy although still in parts of our world today, is not as rampant as it was when Jesus walked the earth.

           Unfortunately, many Christians still respond to others as if they are unclean like the leper and want nothing to do with them.  I think one of the the reasons so few people attend church today, is because they are not accepted and loved right where they are.

            A miracle will happen when we ask ourselves who we think the untouchables are in our sphere of influence. If we are willing, we can then ask ourselves the tough question of whether we will respond like Jesus or like a Pharisee.  Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing, be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleaned.

           When we accept the wounded just as they are and reach out and touch their wound with the compassion of Christ, we will see the miracle of Love healing our world. Are you willing?

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