Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched [the leper] and said to him, “…be made clean.” Mark 1:42 Sunday we hear another passage about healing from Mark 1. This time the healing happens in what Mark calls cleansing. Lepers, being infectious, were outcasts from the village, quarantined or left to wander and beg. This episode opens a new window on healing for us. Following Jesus we choose to reach out to the outcasts of the world around us. As a congregation we need to keep pressing this point. Our proper work together, as disciples of Jesus, is with those who have fallen along the way, as our hard-charging society of wealth, power and privilege rumbles on. My sermon on Sunday will look at healing as a Christian “basic”. We’ll look at the commentary on the services of healing in our worship book and explore some of the many meanings of healing alive in the church.