In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Today’s Gospel sees Jesus curing a man stricken with leprosy. Leprosy can be a horribly disfiguring disease which leaves you looking strange and distorted – not yourself. With leprosy, you can lose bits of yourself, but Jesus teaches his followers not to be afraid and to love others as they desire to be loved. Jesus teaches us to look beyond appearances to see the “beautiful” person inside. Jesus calls us to look past the judgmental comments and bullying of some people and encourages us to recognize the other person as a child of God like we are; the same but different – this leads to a new wholeness for others and ourselves.
Let us pray:
Lord God open our eyes to see others as Your beloved children.
Jesus may your example give us courage to treat all people as equals and as part of our family.
May the Holy Spirit move our hearts to reach out to all people with healing care and friendship.
God of harmony and unity,
You invited us to work together to build your kingdom.
May our ears hear your voice clearly
May our eyes see your beauty in all peoples
May our understanding break down walls of fear and prejudice.
May our schools be places of friendship,
Belonging and welcome
where everyone feels safe
where everyone has a place
where we are all united in Your love.
We ask this is Jesus’ name. Amen.
With hands reaching out to all around us , we continue our day in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.