Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Stigma of Our Disease


The Stigma of Our Disease

Continuing with the spirituality of Lent, this sermon examines the issues and dilemmas of helping those with uncleanliness and other conditions that have a stigma. What would be the equivalent of the spiritual and social disease of leprosy today? AIDS? Lung Cancer? Obesity? Alcoholism? Mental Illness?

Using the scriptural lessons on the Sunday of the Leper, Fr John Brian's sermon uses the Gospel lesson from Luke (5:12-16; 4:40-41) to bring us closer to that wholeness of spiritual health intended for all.

"Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, I will, be clean; and immediately his leprosy left him." Luke 5:13

"...and He [Jesus] laid His hand on each one of them and healed them." Luke 4:40

This sermon uses the readings and services appointed from the Malankara Syrian lectionary and was given on Sunday, February 21, 2010 by Fr John Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.

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