11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
Those suffering with this contagious disease were feared. Not only did they have to live with the disease, but also with the need to keep their distance from others and know that others feared them, afraid of contracting the disease from them. This fear inevitably could turn into suspicion and hatred. In so many ways, haven’t we seen something of this, this year with Covid leading to social distancing, suspicion of others and even finger pointing at communities, nations even, accusing them of being the cause of the disease or spreading it. Perhaps like these ten, the best thing we can do is to call out to God for healing and reconciliation.
Jesus, Master, have pity on us!