While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.
Whenever I read this story I am prompted to consider, who are the untouchables in my community? Over the years I have found many Christians recoil at my associations with Pagans and occultists. Its as though Pagans have spiritual leprosy, that they’re demonically contageous. I find this response rather curious in light of the life of Jesus. His practice was to touch the untouchables.
Who are the untouchables in your community?