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