Mondays With Mark
A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”
Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured. ~ Mark 1.40-42.
When people come to me with a need, my first response is not compassion. After 38 years I guess I’m more skeptical, cynical, more hard than I’d like to admit. My first response is usually, sadly, is this legit. In El Paso, we tend to have a large homeless population, the weather is nice 90 percent of the time. I am calloused to the hand out asking, the cardboard sign. We also live along the border, less than a mile from real poverty… so when I see people on the corner asking for help it’s hard for me to want to help. I’d say it’s about a 50 50 chance that I’ll give something… but my heart isn’t really in it… if I’m honest.
I think I want that to change.
I mean in this interaction with Jesus, the need is obvious, I imagine it would be hard to fake leprosy. I also believe Jesus knows the heart of the guy and would know if it wasn’t legit. But regardless if it was or wasn’t legit I’m blown away by Jesus. He had compassion… not just had… FILLED WITH IT. Not pity. Not get a job. Compassion.
Jesus came to redeem… not just the soul, but the person. I don’t get why some are healed today and some not, but I’m thinking… He healed the man. He cares about the whole person. We as followers are called to join Jesus in the work of redeeming.
Last night we (about 20 of the paseo folks) went to UTEP and used the campus as a guide to pray for our world. We went to the geology building, the education building, the library, the arts building, the political science building. We asked what did God originally intend for this area of our world, what is wrong and what do we do now.
I’m thinking now this morning, we ask God to help fill us with compassion for what isn’t but should be, I think. And join Him in redeeming it.