The American spirit suggests that all things are possible if we work hard enough. We forget that sometimes people get a leg up by being in the right place at the right time or knowing the right person.
The leper in today’s gospel is in the right place at the right time. Though his diagnosis of leprosy is terminal, by chance he encounters Jesus and recognizes him as the right person, the Christ.
The person of Jesus, which contains God entire, desires the leper’s good health. We may be tempted to attribute this healing to the leper’s audacity in asking or to his sense of perception in recognizing Jesus. But the exchange between Jesus and the leper makes clear, it is Christ’s choice and desire to lift the leper out of his “uncleanness.” His will makes healing possible.
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