Sermon of the Week from Malankara World - Garbo - Leper Sunday
- Sermon of the Week from Malankara World - Second Sunday of Great Lent -
Leper's Sunday (Feb 26)
by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Malankara World Board Member
Gospel: Luke 5:12-16
Jesus reached out and touched him. "I'm willing," he said. "Be healed!"
And instantly the leprosy disappeared. (Luke: 5:13)
Immunity for all types of sickness is embedded in the loving touch of
human hands. By distancing ourselves from others, we are prone to all
types of illnesses - mental, spiritual, physical and emotional.
Individuals are creating their own islands of seclusion and becoming
Earlier, leprosy was a feared disease because there was no known cure
for it, and some forms were highly contagious. Its impact was very
fearsome and terrible. Now though leprosy is curable, people still
consider lepers as untouchables. Jesus heard the cries of the leper and
He reached out and touched him. Immediately the leprosy disappeared.
We now have a number of illnesses, some of them undiagnosed and some
even more terrifying than leprosy. We live in a society where people are
unloved and uncared for - the sick, the old, parents, children etc.
There are millions in pain longing for a word of love or a caring touch.
We are in dire need for the great, compassionate and loving Jesus to
reach out and touch us with the words of "I am willing and be healed."
Who is there to listen and act? Everyone is busy with their work and lives.
We do not reach out to others in their times of need or sickness. But
didn't God create human beings in his own image to act for him? Like
what God did for the leper, we are supposed to help others when they are
sick and need assistance. There is healing power in all our hands if we
use it with love to embrace the unloved and the uncared.
Our homes, families and churches are in desperate need of the touch of
Christ. Pastor Rick Warren writes his living experience of the power of
touch, "I recently got this note on a registration card: 'Pastor Rick, I
can’t tell you what it mean to me in comfort today. I felt as though
Jesus was hugging me in such compassion and tenderness. I now know I
will make it through this scary time and I know he sent you to help me.
It's wonderful that there is such care and love in this church. Thank
you.' I had no idea when I had hugged her. She was going in for breast
cancer surgery the next day.'
Why cannot our priests, bishops, parents, siblings and friends express
their love and care through their compassionate eyes, caring hands,
soothing words, meaningful actions, and the body as a whole, and not
with pastoral staff, gold, steel, silver or wooden crosses? We are all
in need of warm hugs from loved ones; this is especially true in case of
those suffering from terminal illnesses who feel they have nothing to
Can you be the one to show your love and tell them that Jesus cares and
an eternal life awaits them?
[Rev. V. V. Paulose is with the Jerusalem Christian Mission in Toronto,
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Dr. Jacob Mathew
Malankara World Journal
ID No: 956