Mother Teresa once identified the leading disease of our day as loneliness. Those with leprosy must have felt lonely, having been cast out of society with no one to care for them. We may not have lepers standing at the “gates” of our cities, but we do have people in our communities, maybe in our own families and parishes, who feel unwanted. Loneliness often stems from negative thoughts of not being accepted—feeling like an outsider. This can happen to anyone. Jesus saw the lepers, not as they saw themselves or as others saw them, but as dear, precious children of his Father. When we look at one another and ourselves in the same way, healing can begin. The next step is gratitude. How beautifully and wonderfully made we all are in God’s love. That’s something to celebrate.
- Deborah A. Meister
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