“The hardest part has been the loneliness,” he told his pastor.
“You mean the loneliness of not going to work and seeing people?” his pastor asked.
“No, the loneliness of friends avoiding me, people not coming to see me any more,” he replied.
“Why would they do that?” asked his pastor.
“I’m not sure,” the man responded, “I think it’s because they think they’ll catch what I have. They’re worried cancer is contagious.”
This is the way the man in today’s gospel had been treated. He is a leper, and as a leper he was a very sick man. Leprosy is one of the few diseases mentioned by name in the bible. Even before they had the concept of contagious diseases, leprosy was considered contagious.
When I was a boy and I...(whole thing here)