47. Will Christ Heal Him?
Today’s reading: “The Ministry of Healing” pp. 67, 68.
Incurable, contagious, devastating, chronic and deadly. What diseases do we have like that today? I can’t think of a single one that ticks all the boxes but dementia comes close (not contagious).
More than just contaminated, lepers are “unclean” medically, isolated socially and pronounced so by spiritual leaders. What is the equivalent today? Maybe homo- or bi-sexuality, transgender?
The worst thing is that the sufferer must advertise their unclean state. They must cry “Unclean, unclean!” whenever they are near enough to people. Dangerously disabling self-talk, heard with fear and abhorrence by their former friends.
But one leper dared to hope, faith springs up!
From afar he sees that no-one is rejected, all are healed.
“Nearer and yet nearer he approaches…he thinks only of the blessed hope of healing.