Matthew 8

8 Jan

Continuing to go through the book of Matthew one chapter a day with one thought for the day. Today is Matthew chapter 8

8:3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.

In contrast to the traditional view, Jesus regards holiness/wholeness – not uncleanness – as contagious. Thus Jesus touches the leper, the unclean woman, the sick, without fear of contamination. Holiness is not something to be protected; rather, it is God’s numinous transforming power.
-Walter Wink

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