Monthly Prayer Topic

Contagion

Contagious diseases have sparked fear in communities for generations. In Biblical times, lepers were viewed as outcasts to be avoided. Yet Jesus dealt with contagion in an unprecedented manner. When approached by a leper begging to be healed, Mark records, “And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will, be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.” (Mark 1:40, 41) Jesus understood, as others did not, that any lie about man’s health is not only unreal, but can’t be passed to others. He established for this man his inviolate status as God’s image, restoring him to the community to spread the good news of his healing. Let us strive to emulate the Master Christian as we challenge the lie of contagion, claiming our own immunity to illness as well our neighbor’s. Tackling contagion is November’s topic for prayer provided by the Reading Room.