Is your longing stronger than fear?
The man from today’s Gospel was conscious of the risk of rejection he faced. Fully aware that his actions were crossing established lines, the man afflicted with leprosy chose to confront this risk. His intense longing for connection and healing overcame his fears.
How deep is your desire to feel the touch of Christ? Do you have the courage to risk even if it means being rejected by some people?
It is fascinating that, despite his intense longing and hope for healing, the man didn’t force Jesus to heal him. By saying, “If you choose, you can make me clean,” he left the decision to Jesus, entrusting his healing to Jesus’ will. He completely surrendered himself into Jesus’ hands.