Yesterday I was teaching the older kids Sunday School class, and we were looking at the story of the Ten Men with Leprosy. As we were talking about the story with the kids, I was reminded of few things that I think I will share with you today:
- We live in a world where leprosy is somehow a thing of the past. “In 2012, the global leprosy statistics show that less than 20 countries reported >1000 new cases, indicating that leprosy is gradually becoming limited to a small number of countries.” – http://www.who.int/wer/2013/wer8835.pdf?ua=1
- With that in mind, I would like to submit to you that for many of us relating to the Biblical story might be very hard since we had not been affected by leprosy or its results. The idea of isolation, leaving your own home, family and living in a secluded highly regulated environment might cause a lot of anxiety to all while we might not dealing with such stigma, our own world is still dealing with so many cases where people live isolated, unable to relate or integrate in our society.
- And there is a silent voice that cries out: See me! I am here! I see you! Jesus and his disciples had a choice. Ignore the group that was shouting: “Have mercy on us”; and doing so abide by the rules of that time, or deal with their cry. And the amazing thing is that faith comes and plays a role in this story. And where that Faith meets human need, healing, even though now perfect, happens.
- As people of faith, we are called to listen to that silent cry, and in faith reach out, while it might not be easy at time to do so, we are to listen and respond to the needs of those around us.
I would like to encourage you to open your eyes to the needs of those around you, to the things that are not easy to see, to the young teenager that has a hard time relating to his/hers peers or their own family, to the lonely neighbor that would love to tell their story to you, or to that friend that seems to have it all together and inside are on the brink of falling apart.Who is the one that says: Have mercy on me.
I pray that we can have the heart of Jesus, being able to see and speak faith in the lives of those around us each and every day,