Luke 5: 12-16 (ESV)
While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him. And he charged him to tell no one, but “go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.
I worked among lepers for some years. It is a dreadful multi-faceted disease. This hopelessly destroyed man, grasped at the hope of healing he saw in this miracle working man. His cry was humbling intense and trusting. Jesus touched the one considered untouchable and he was healed. But his healing was to lead him back to his synagogue and into the worship which his disease had denied him. I wouldn’t mind betting that he raced with a heart ready to explode to present himself as commanded to the priest!
Prayer: Help me to never let pride stop me from kneeling at your feet.