Reflection on Mark 1:40-45 “I am A Leper”


A man with a skin disease

40 A man with a skin disease approached Jesus, fell to his knees, and begged, “ If you want, you can make me clean. ”

41 Incensed,b Jesus reached out his hand, touched him, and said, “ I do want to. Be clean. ” 42 Instantly, the skin disease left him, and he was clean. 43 Sternly, Jesus sent him away, 44 saying, “ Don’t say anything to anyone. Instead, go and show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifice for your cleansing that Moses commanded. This will be a testimony to them. ” 45 Instead, he went out and started talking freely and spreading the news so that Jesus wasn’t able to enter a town openly. He remained outside in deserted places, but people came to him from everywhere.


In lookling back at my life I have always been a “leper”  in the eyes of some people.  As a youth I was a “leper” many times because of my stand against racial inequality in my southern town; my libera views of the scripture, my acceptance of other religions; as a minister in the mainline church it was often the same way; then when I came out I was a leper because of my sexuality; now at times I am a leper in the queer community because of my faith, a leper because of the people I work with.  That is one of the reasons I have been able to embrace the people I work with, I understand what it means to be a leper.  When I tell people I was once a sex worker, the look in their eyes.  I have discovered that the embrace of Jesus cleanses each of us, makes us white as snow.

One Response to “Reflection on Mark 1:40-45 “I am A Leper””

  1. Julee Atala Says:

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