To read the texts click on the texts: 1 Sam 4:1-11; Mk 1:40-45
The healing of a leper, which is our text for today, is also found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, but both Matthew and Luke omit the emotional reactions of Jesus found in Mark. The term leprosy was used for any kind of skin disease, and those with such kind of diseases were considered as unclean and not allowed to be part of society. They had to live on the outskirts of the city, and had to make their presence known whenever they entered the city, so that others could avoid any kind of contact with them and so not get contaminated.
In this miracle, Jesus not only heals
the leper, but also reaches out and touches him. This probably means that Jesus
cannot be contaminated or made unclean by anything from outside. It could also
indicate Jesus’ wanting to reach out to the leper in a personal manner and
treat him as a full human being.