“I think that’s what it means to be saved: to be healed and to be whole and to be sent on our way to be whole-makers ourselves.” Ilia Delio
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Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do will it. Be made clean.” And the leprosy left him immediately. Then he ordered him not to tell anyone, but “Go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.”
The man inflicted with leprosy asked Jesus to be made clean (Luke 5:12).
While the end result is also healing, his request to be made clean was because his illness was seen as something that made him “unclean” in the eyes of his culture.
Such people were cast-out of their villages.
By healing this man, making him clean, Jesus restored him to his village, family, and religion.
As theologian and scientist Ilia Delio puts it, Jesus was a “whole-maker.”
He wanted us to see that we are all one in God.
The reality was that the man with leprosy was always one with his village, family and religion but it was human delusion that made him not so.
There are many today who are “whole-breakers.”
They go about dividing through their words and actions.
They need to be called out for this behavior in Jesus-like, non-violent fashion.
To follow Jesus requires love of God and neighbor.
It requires being a whole-maker.
Each of us needs to ask ourselves: How am I doing with this?
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