Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainside. Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.
Also, do you notice how Jesus, in answer to the leper, doesn’t first respond verbally but rather with action? He reaches out and touches the leper, and THEN He says, “I am willing; be clean.” His actions are often His responses. I think sometimes we want God to have a conversation with us about our problems, before we ask for help, whereas in this passage we see that Jesus wants to take action to help us, and THEN He wants to talk to us about our value to Him: “Be clean.”
Jesus doesn’t want to discuss our problems but take action to solve them, and then He wants to talk. I think we get the process backwards.
This makes me think: who are the untouchables in NYC? Those are the people Jesus attracted. Who can we, as the church, be seeking out, to touch the untouchables and make them clean? True Christianity doesn't repel the broken and despised. It brings them closer to Jesus.
Your point makes me think: who are the marginalized and the despised, watching and listening from afar? Who are those waiting to see if our words and actions align, like Jesus’ do? Who are the ones that simply need an invite to come to Jesus?