“As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.”

francis-nf-1We all cry out to be touched and loved in our place in life.

We cannot know the inner brokenness of another human being.

We carry in our bodies the dying and rising of Christ Jesus.

We want to run from such suffering, because it does not fit into our plans and our notions of who we are.

We are repulsed by such an image because we know this man could be us.

In the eyes of God, we are all touched, healed and loved.

Let us all be grateful for God’s love for us in our pain, diversity and anguish.

We are then called to do what Jesus did, to act on love as Francis does, to reach out from our own deformity.

“Jesus Master, have pity on us.”

Ponder the gospel today from your own pain, sin and loneliness. Luke 17:11-19

One thought on ““As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.”

  1. Fr. Ron, Thank you for your so true insights. St. Francis says, “The Lord led me among them. What was bitter to me became sweet.” St. Francis and Pope Francis find among the lepers a “sweetness” which they attribute to God’s presence. So often I easily find the presence of God in those experiencing extreme poverty or alcoholism and addictions. The sweetness shines through.

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