Modern Day Lepers

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND on 02/12/2018

in Ordinary Time

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 11, 2018

“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?

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Sr. Renetta Graff February 13, 2018 at 4:19 pm

There are many in our world that are labeled “untouchable”. Touch them? Do we even SEE them. I was reminded to LOOK at them; to really SEE them — as individuals worthy of respect. Julie, thank you for the challenge.


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