The Lesson of the Leper

The lepers we read about in the gospel of Luke who were suffering are easy to relate to… they begged Jesus to pay attention to them. We are suffering, Lord! Our lives are in shambles! We are outcasts! Lord, help us! Heal us! They did not even dare approach him; they stayed at a distance and called to him. You may feel quite the same. When you suffer, you long for someone to acknowledge your pain. Do you go to mass and sometimes stand in the very back of the church because you feel distant? Do you feel like an outcast because of your divorce? Do you feel lost and call to Christ from a distance? Christ healed the lepers and He will heal you, too. Remember that Christ loves you and will always give you what you need to heal from your wounds. He loves you with an everlasting love and cares for you as if no one else existed. 

When you recognize God’s goodness and the way He takes care of you, be sure to give thanks to Him. Remember the one leper who turned back and thanked Him and. This man was a Samaritan and Samaritans understood that – according to the Jews – they counted for nothing. They were outcasts. But this man, the most unlikely of the bunch who were healed, recognized what a great miracle Jesus had performed for him and came back to thank Jesus. We should all follow in his footsteps and remember to thank God for all His blessings, great and small. 

And he said to the man, Stand up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you. – Luke 17: 19 

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  1. Evelyn-911074 October 28, 2012 Reply

    This story reminds me of what I went through with my mother in the beginning of this year. My mother was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma for which she was operated. After the operation she was hospitalized on one occasions due to sugar levels lowering. As a family we made the decision to take her to NYC for chemotherapy and radiation therapy; however when she got to the appointment she was immediately hospitalized and she developed a bacteria to which we had to wear gloves and gown not get infected. I did everything for mom. I fed, bath change her diaper and did the impossible. I can only say that I have never in my life prayed so much for her recovery. I prayed and to all the saints and to our Father in heaven to not take her away. However on April 2, 2012 she left us and went to heaven. I will say I am still in a state of not believing but there is one thing that I learned and that through prayer one can receive relief from God. Through this whole experience I have become a better Catholic. They say divorce is like grieving and yes i say this is true. I guess moms religious comments made their way through my heart. Not even the divorce hurt this much as losing my mother. So like the leper who gave thanks to the Lord, I also give him thanks for putting me through this experience which has made me more conscious of what the Catholic Religion is all about. It has made me stronger as a person and to give thanks for everyday he gives me on this earth. God Bless to All

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