Sermon: “The Other Samaritan”
The scripture lesson for Sunday in Luke relate to the stigma of leprosy in the time of Jesus. It was more than a physical malady, and represented a social separation and judgment to the people who had a range of “skin diseases”. Check out Leviticus 13 if you want to read about various ritual processes concerning the occurrence of leprosy in ancient Israel. What did it mean to the Samaritan that Jesus declared him “clean”? Why did he have such an emotional outpouring at the feet of Jesus? What was he experiencing that was so remarkable (compared to the others — weren’t they doing what Jesus asked them to do?). It is a story that helps us understand a little about what it means to be a whole person in the presence of Christ.
2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c