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dc.contributor.authorWirth, Eileenen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 216en_US
dc.description.abstract"It happened that there was a man full of leprosy in one of the towns where Jesus was; and when he saw Jesus, he fell prostrate, pleaded with him, and said, "Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean."||When I read this passage from Luke, I had a flashback to a girl from childhood named Billie. Billie stuttered and dressed oddly. She lived with her single mother on the wrong side of the tracks. As a class, we were cruel to her. She was our leper.|I think of Billie in terms of today's Gospel because just as the physical lepers of biblical days were cast out of their communities, our social lepers are isolated from the supportive communities that help most of us survive. When Jesus cured lepers, he also cured their social leprosy. They could return to their communities.|I think this passage challenges us to think about the disease of social leprosy and what we can do about it. We all know a "Billie." They are the sad souls from whom we instinctively flee. Maybe they are mentally ill or autistic or just different than most of us. They can be hard to be around. But Jesus calls us to include such people in our communities just as the old extended families made a place for all relatives including those who smelled, told the same stories over and over again or had nowhere else to turn.|So what can we do? Based on my experience with students, pretending to accept or value someone doesn't work. Social lepers can spot phonies a mile away. No one, however troubled, likes being patronized. The trick is to find something real that others value so the person begins to value him or herself. That's what often turns the light on with students and keeps it glowing.|Sometimes it just takes one sensitive person who tries to find an individual's special gift or talent to make a huge difference. So if you know a Billie, smile, take a minute to start to get to know her. If you are real about it, you just might find yourself changing a life and imitating Jesus.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for January 8, 2010: Friday after Epiphany.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.program.unitJournalism, Media and Computingen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorWirth, Eileen M.en_US After Epiphanyen_US
dc.subject.local11 John 5:5-13en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 5:12-16en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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