Moved with Pity

On Jesus’ Galilean tour, a man with leprosy came to Him, which is
a very bold move for a leper. This man experienced a pitiful existence due not only
to the physical ravages of the disease but also to the ritual uncleanness and
exclusion from society. Leprosy brought anguish at all levels: physical, mental,
social and, religious. It serves as an illustration of sin. Moved by compassion and
deep pity, Jesus touches the leprous man, demonstrating the fact He was not
bound by the rabbinic regulations of ritual defilement. Both this symbolic touch
and Jesus’ authoritative pronouncement makes the leprous man clean.