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Lenten Devo Day 14

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

“Wash Your Hands”

Sharon Bates

Matthew 8:2-4

As I read this scripture, I immediately thought of the past 18 months plus how many times we’ve been reminded to “wash hands”, “wear masks”, “disinfect surfaces” and “stay socially distanced.” Remember the disconnect we had with family and friends when we were in quarantine from COVID.

Can you imagine how people with leprosy felt in ancient days with little hope of cure or acceptance? They were deemed unclean, and many times banned from their homes and towns. In this scripture Jesus reached out and actually touched the diseased man, a forbidden act, and the man was immediately healed. Then Jesus tells him not to tell anyone. Are you kidding me?? I don’t know about you, but it would have been difficult for me to keep quiet. However, what Jesus told him was to go to the priest and let him examine him to testify of his healing. This priestly act was in accordance to the Levitical laws that would officially declare a person clean and allow him to be accepted by his community and be able to worship God in the Temple. Through the healing power of Jesus, the unclean, outcast leper had been given a new life.

Today more than ever we need to feel the loving touch of Jesus. We all need cleansing from dark blotches in our life. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross alone can make us clean, give us hope and abundance of joy. Joy not only for ourselves, but also to share with others.

Prayer: Gracious Jesus, Healer of all mankind, cleanse our hearts, let us feel your touch on our lives today and help us to show your love and care to all of your children regardless of their conditions. Amen.

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