Modern Day Lepers

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 02/12/2015

in Ordinary Time

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 15, 2015

“If you wish, you can make me clean.”
(Matthew 8:2)

Modern Day Lepers

“Have you ever met a leper?” Probably not.
I mean a modern day leper, like lepers of old,
banished from community, to dwell apart,
declaring  to anyone who neared them, “unclean, unclean.”

“Sure, most of us have people in our lives who are treated as untouchables.”
“No, not me!”
“Let’s take time to ponder our hearts. Are we halfhearted or wholehearted?”

  1. Do we risk touching these untouchables?

Modern day lepers, if you allow them, can teach us many lessons.

  1. What are these lessons?

When we ponder deeply with the light of the Holy Spirit, we can learn to gather these gems of wisdom and understanding:
Something changes within us.
We finally begin to live and act like Jesus.
Our lives become a mirror of His life.
We begin to risk, to become compassionate.
It is we who create community living at its best.
Like Jesus, we believe all people are equal and acceptable.
Our own half-heartedness is cured of its judgmental attitudes.
Costly? Definitely.


We become wholehearted.
We realize, like the leper, we have been healed.

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. Why do we allow ourselves to be halfhearted?
  2. Who are some leprous people in your daily lives?
  3. What causes you to reject these people?
  4. When will you accept these people as equals, yet uniquely differently?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Gia February 5, 2015 at 5:29 am

Food for thought.
Thanks for sharing. I know that this is one way of recognizing our leprosy and changing our thoughts and hearts to be more like Jesus.


Sr. Juliemarie McDonald February 9, 2015 at 12:37 pm

Thanks, Gia. Glad you agreed with my thoughts. If ever you don’t, let me know for that is how I learn to be a better and clearer writer. SJm


Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND February 26, 2015 at 4:06 pm

To have knowledge is one thing. To be able to put it into action is o so difficult. In my prayers.Jm


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