Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Friday, September 1, 2017
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Faith in Action
Vs. 2 "...and there was a leper who came to him
and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me
Jesus had just finished the Sermon on the Mount and he was
coming down from the mountain. After hearing Jesus, a large crowd was
accompanying him with passion and excitement. Jesus has concluded his
sermon by saying practice your faith through the parable of wise builder.
A person with leprosy was considered completely unclean-physically and
spiritually. He could not approach within six feet of any person
including family members (Lev. 13:45-46 says "Those who suffer from
a serious skin disease must tear their clothing and leave their hair
uncombed. They must cover their mouth and call out, ‘Unclean! Unclean!'
As long as the serious disease lasts, they will be ceremonially unclean.
They must live in isolation in their place outside the camp”). Here Jesus
has demonstrated what he had taught or we can say practicing faith with
Compassion can be defined
as “your pain in my heart”. Bernard of Clair Vaux said Justice seeks out
only the merits but compassion only regards the need. Here the leper
seeks not justice but compassion from the Lord. He was not having a space
in the society and it was forbidden to be in a crowd. Jesus has taken the
pain of that person in his heart and inviting him to be in the crowd or
people. By inviting or allowing that person for being with him, we could
see a compassionate heart of Christ declaring silently that he was not
rejected but having space among the people. The leper blindly believed
and had faith that Jesus can heal him completely. He was not asking for
healing but for cleansing. Healing was personal for him to be good in
health and body but cleansing was special that gives him lost status.
Only a compassionate heart could read the pain of others. The leper was
considered as person abandoned by God, but Jesus declared that lepers too
have place in the kingdom of God. Jesus welcomed the leper, gave
place among the people and touched him with compassion. And that touch
transformed the life of a leper – “the untouchable became touchable’.
Human beings have five senses and they are important in understanding of
world around them. When we touch something we got involve with it. Jesus
wanted to say silently to the religious Jews that they failed to see the
pain and they lost the sense of understanding others. God expects this
compassion from us. Our faith in action is the need of the time. A smile
with compassion will give a loving touch to the painful heart. A ‘hi’ to
the ‘unattended’ will give a cherishing experience in their lives. Let us
practice our faith as our Lord has demonstrated.
Almighty Lord helps us to be compassionate. Bless us to feel
the pain of the needy and to extend a transforming touch to their lives.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Whatever we touch, we leave fingerprints; as we touch
other’s lives, we leave our identity.